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What's New

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

Another month and more fabulous brands join the Cocktail Cosmetics line up. First we have the gorgeous Phee’s Makeup. Phee creates a beautiful range of cruelty free products right here in the UK. Phee is 23 and based in Sheffield and her products are sure to fly off the shelves. Retailing at £18 each we stock the Rainbow Glow Highlighter and Sunset Glow Highlighter. The Rainbow Glow Highlight Powder is exactly as it sounds, a perfectly pretty palette of rainbow pastels for a beautiful highlight, while Sunset Glow will help you create the ultimate golden goddess look with tones of gold, bronze and tan. Both highlighters are in 59mm compacts with mirrors inset into the lid. The highlighters are made using Mica and Titanium Dioxide, both from naturally occurring mineral rocks. Titanium Dioxide refracts light more effectively than diamonds meaning it softens shadows and helps hide skin imperfections. The other new brand to join our line-up is Coastal Scents, bought in due to popular demand. Coastal Scents have been making cruelty free, affordable beauty products since 2005. Currently we’re stocking four Eye Shadow Palettes (£12.95 each) as well as the Blusher and Bronzer Mini Palette (£12.95). All shadows can be applied wet or dry depending the impact you’re hoping to achieve! The Blusher and Bronzer Mini Palette contains five shades, blushers, bronzers and contouring tones, all in one convenient palette! Mix and match to create your ideal look. The Creative Me #1 Palette contains 12 matte shades for those who love colour with an array of brights, yellows, greens, pinks, purples, this is one for those who love to experiment. The Think Pink Eye Shadow Palette, is as it sounds twelve shadows, ten of which are varying shades of pink, from baby pink through shocking pink, with the addition of black and grey for contrast. These shadows come in a variety of finishes. The Winterberry Palette features ten pink and purple satin and shimmer shades as well as a white and silver grey. The final palette is the Fall Festival Palette. Again containing twelves wet and dry shadows in beautiful autumnal shades. The palette contains a variety of finishes and are held magnetically in the matte black palette (all of the palettes contain pans that are held magnetically in place and have a mirror in the lid). Also new in are the Neve Cosmetics Vernissage Lip Glosses (£7.95 each). Available in 10 shades, Vernissage is a beautifully shiny, rich formula. These are Vegan and don’t contain silicones, petroleum or parabens. Finally, another new product for Cocktail Cosmetics is the Beauty Bakerie Sweet Summer Gift Set(£79.95). This set contains six of the popular Lip Whips for the price of five. The shades included are Versailles, Sakura Delight, Hawaiian Cheesecake, Watermelon Slushie, Louvre Palace and Yogurt Berries. The Lip Whips formula is matte and is long lasting, smudge proof and waterproof making this set the perfect gift . These won’t melt or smudge and you can even wear them for a dip in the pool!

Our minerals on the beautiful Chloe Jasmine’s shoot

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Amber Ward Natural Mineral Makeup Embrace The Pale

Amber Ward Natural Mineral Makeup Embrace The Pale


Amber Ward

Natural Mineral Makeup and Foundation for Pale Skin Sensitive Skin

Disposable Beauty

Disposable Beauty

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

For working makeup artists, good hygiene is essential. Moving from one client to another, necessitates scrupulous hygiene practices and often it is more hygienic to use disposable tools, throwing something away after using, and using a fresh applicator for your next model. Here at Cocktail Cosmetics we are proud to offer a great range of products designed exactly for this purpose and here’s a quick run-down of some of our favourite tools that offer the ultimate in efficiency and hygiene. Shadow Shields Eye Shadow Protectors (£7.50) are a great product for protecting under the eye from eye shadow fall out, self-adhesive, each box contains 30 Shields. 50 Short Head Mascara Wands (£5.95), the classic mascara wand, in disposable form. 25 Disposable Large Tapered Head Mascara Wands (£4.95), these disposable wands are perfect for adding length and volumising. 25 Large Full Head Disposable Mascara Wands (£4.95), this shape mascara wand is perfect for creating a full lash look. 50 Sphere Shaped Singe Use Mascara Wands (£7.95) this unusual spherical mascara wand is perfectly shaped for adding mascara to hard to reach lashes. 25 Disposable Liquid Eye Liner Applicators (£5.95), ideal for the application of liquid liner, and even powder. 25 Short Tipped Eye Liner Applicators (£5.95), these are ideal for applying not only eye liner, but also body art and special effects. 25 Disposable Deluxe Lip Brushes (£5.95), these are ideal for lip gloss or lipstick. 50 Disposable Doe Foot Lip Gloss Applicators (6.95), flocked doe foot lip gloss applicators are the classic gloss application method, add some to your kit for hygienic application. 40 Slice Non-Latex Single Use Sponge (£2.75) perfect for applying and blending make up, these sponges are bio-degradable. Pack of 50 Black Spatulas (£5.95), these spatulas are essential for transferring products hygienically to from one container to another. Other hygienic essentials we would recommend are the Pro Hygiene Hand Sanitizing Gel as well the Vera Mona Color Switch Duo. The Pro Hygiene Hand Sanitizing Gel (£3.00) kills 99.99% of bacteria within 60 seconds with no need for water or rinsing. The Vera Mona Color Switch Duo (£17.00) isn’t strictly a hygiene product, but when it comes to switching between eyeshadow colours, you won’t find a quicker product for cleaning your brush. With two sponges in a tin, the centre sponge can be dampened and you can then run your brush over the surface for applying products damp. The larger sponge is to be used dry and a quick swipe of your brush over its surface will remove product, ready for a fresh colour. If you don’t need to apply products damp, consider the Vera Mona Color Switch Solo (£14.95).

Beauty Glow Mineral Make Up - DWC Skincare

Beauty Glow Mineral Make Up - DWC Skincare


DWC Skincare

Naturally Beautiful Skin Care with Unique Beauty Glow Mineral Make Up – the All-In-One solution for all skin tones

Donna Coulling, Celebrity PA to Rachel Weisz and Helena Bonham Carter tells us what she thinks of English Mineral Makeup

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  READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE:   http://donnacoulling.com/2015/07/07/the-english-mineral-makeup-company/#more-4817

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Spotlight on Real Techniques

Spotlight on Real Techniques

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

To the uninitiated, Real Techniques may appear to have come from nowhere, but long before the launch of Real Techniques, owners and creators Samantha and Nicola Chapman were immersed in the world of cosmetics. The sisters grew up surrounded by make up. Their aunt was a make up artist in London working with clients like David Bowie and Princess Diana. Their mum was also heavily into cosmetics, always trying out the latest trends and as young girls Sam and Nic experimented on each other with make up until they chose make up artistry as their career paths of choice. Both sisters qualified as  make up artists and built up reputations for their work. In 2008 Sam uploaded a video to You Tube, a smoky eye tutorial, after a friend asked her how to create the look and at that time Pixiwoo was born. Before YouTube tutorials blew up, but still people began to find the video, and ask for more. Sam and Nic soon started to collaborate and the Pixiwoo You Tube Channel started to really take off. Sam focused on recreating runway looks whereas Nic recreated the latest celebrity looks and today they have millions of subscribers and hundreds of millions of views. In 2010 the Pixiwoo channel reached 30,000 subscribers and the idea behind Real Techniques began to formulate with the focus being high quality brushes backed up with professional, interesting and fun education from the girls. The Real Techniques range is now sold worldwide and is universally lauded by professionals, bloggers, mainstream media and Sam and Nic have also appeared on major network television as beauty experts. The range of brushes are designed to combine style with affordability, are hand cut and cruelty free and are all made of high tech soft taklon bristles. In terms of design, all of the brushes are free standing and colour coded. Purple for all eye brushes, Pink for creating the perfect finish and gold for a flawless base. Prices are absolutely affordable without compromising quality and start at £5.95 going up to £29.95 for the most expensive set of five brushes. The sets fantastic value and a great place to start if you are considering trying the brand. The Travel Essentials set (£20.95) contains an essential foundation brush for flawless coverage with concealer or liquid foundation, a multi-task brush for loose or pressed powder, bronzer or blusher and domed shadow brush for smooth eye shadow application, all in a handy case. The Starter Brush set (£20.95) contains five full sized brushes and a case. This kits focuses on the eyes and includes a base shadow brush, a deluxe crease brush, an accent brush, an eye liner brush and a brow brush. The Core Collection (£20.95) contains four brushes and a case. This set focuses on creating a flawless finish and includes a detailer brush for precision concealing or lipstick application, a pointed foundation brush, a buffing brush and a contour brush. As well as these three sets, there are several single brushes available as well more must have sets.

OCC Metallurgy Collection

OCC Metallurgy Collection

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

      After three years of intensive product  development, OCC is proud to introduce a whole new breed of  Lip Tar. Infused with state of the art hi-resolution metallic pigments, the unparalleled opacity has gone high-voltage electric with a reflective shimmer finish.   Since its launch in 2009, OCC fans worldwide have been clamouring for a metallic-finish Lip Tar.   To match that demand OCC looked to the natural foods movement to find a mineralderived ingredient to keep the highest-opacity metallic pigments in a luxurious, weightless suspension. The result? A  Lip Tar formula that requires even  less product than ever before! Remember: a little goes a long, strong way!    PRO TIP: Apply the smallest possible bead of LIP TAR with our Precision Lip Brush for an unparalled metallic finish in a fully opaque yet lightweight layer of smooth and hydrating lip perfection polish! Want even more shine? Add a thin layer OCC ‘Clear’ Lip Tar, also the perfect primer, overtop of your metallic Lip Tar lip look.   New shades include -  ICED: an opaque snow white frost TRIPTYCH:  true 24K metallic gold AUTHENTIC:  full strength copper metallic ELECTRIC GRANDMA: electrified true classic coral SUPER NSFW: true red with a golden metallic flourish YAOI: perfectly pink pearlescence   As with all Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics items these new lip tar are 100% vegan.   We are loving the Super NSFW - which is your favorite?

DIY Bridal Beauty

DIY Bridal Beauty

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Not everyone opts for a make-up artist to do their make up on their wedding day, but doing it at home yourself can be a minefield. You want to look naturally glowy and flawless BUT also for your make to photograph well and last all day so you do not have to worry about touching up constantly. Here are our tips to help you look beautifully bridal on your big day. The first and most important step is Prep. Make sure that in the week before your big day you’re moisturising twice a day to help get your skin in tip top condition. And then on the day be sure to use a primer. A primer will make your make up easier to apply and help them last all day long. There are lots of primers on the market so make sure you pick one that suits your skin type, and when applying pay close attention to problem areas. We recommend NYX Cosmetics Studio Perfect Primer which suits most skin types. Once you’ve thoroughly prepped then it’s time to create that flawless complexion. It’s essential that you pick the correct shade. If you want to warm your complexion up don’t be tempted to use a darker foundation, you can do that later with a bronzer. Your foundation should disappear into your skin when blended. Also, as with the primer, pick something that suits your skin type. You don’t want your foundation sliding off half way through the day because it’s too moisturising for your oily skin for example. A good tip is to avoid foundations that contain SPF just this once as they often don’t photograph well with flash photography, giving the subject a “white” effect. All of the above applies when it comes to concealing too. Make sure the colour is perfect and blend, blend, blend. Illuminare do two fantastic foundations, Mattifying Ultimate All Day for the oily skinned amongst us and the Moisturising Fantastic Finish for dry skins. Then it’s time to add some colour and glow to your face. It’s easy to go wrong with Bronzer so pick a shade that isn’t too dark for you and go lightly. Matte is best for your wedding day, as it photographs well; just add light touches wherever your face naturally catches the sun. Then choose a blusher that is close in colour to your natural lip colour for a natural bridal look and apply. If you opt for highlighter, keep it light, you don’t want to look too glittery and again, shimmers are easily picked up by cameras, so opt for glow rather than glitter. Apply to the cheek bones. Once your base is finished it’s time to move onto the eyes. Bridal make up is usually kept simple and the eyes are no exception. For long wear an eye shadow primer is a must. The NYX Cosmetics Primer Base comes in three shades, a white, a pearl white and skin tone. The white primers will make colours show up really well. Use soft shades to define and brighten the eye. Browns, taupes, peaches and soft pinks are all perfect. Add some gel liner. Gel liners are, generally speaking, long lasting and easy to apply and then apply your mascara. On your wedding day it’s highly likely that there will be tears at some point. Opt for waterproof mascara! And finally, lips. In the run up to the wedding pay attention to your lips, using scrubs or an old toothbrush to keep them flake free and use lots of balm. On the day opt for a stain. Stains are long wearing and don’t usually transfer, making them perfect for that “you may now kiss the bride” moment. One last thing, set the whole look with a setting Spray, there are lots available and they’ll help to keep your fabulous look looking perfect all day.

Makeup Tutorial – Steven Spielberg I am not!!!

by Amanda @ Odara Mineral Beauty

That moment when you decide to create a makeup tutorial…. Being someone who is not really savvy with most forms of modern technology (less is more I say and if it doesn’t satisfy a need why bother!), I realised that, while I intend to use the mind-altering delights of the online world to help spread […]

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Finding your perfect match with Lucy Minerals

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Are you having trouble finding your perfect shade of Foundation? Lucy Minerals does CUSTOM BLENDS at no extra charge. If after receiving your “Try It” Size Jars, you find you need a mixture of two of our shades, just order a Full Size Jar of Foundation in one of your shades and then make a note in the comment box with your shades and proportions. (Such as 1/2 Light and 1/2 Cream or 1/3 Creamy Bisque and 2/3 Light Medium). Please allow a few extra days for custom blends. Most of our customers find their perfect shade without having to do a custom blend, but we want everyone to know that custom blends are available. (This is only for a blend of Lucy Minerals shades. We cannot replicate shades from another company).

When you are testing your shades, apply to your jaw line on clean skin. You want the Foundation to blend with your neck so it looks natural. Allow it to sit for about 10 minutes and then check it in natural light. If you find that you need a blend, make notes as you mix very small amounts of Foundation shades and test on your jaw line. You will need one shade that matches your complexion, and another shade that is a few shades lighter for Concealing. Lucy Minerals doesn’t offer a separate Concealer. You can get great coverage using our Foundation and a Concealer Brush. If you have dry skin around your eyes, just mix a teeny bit of Ambrosia Serum with your minerals to create a creamy concealer.

Here is a guide to the Lucy Minerals Foundation Shades.

Snow White – Can be mixed with any shade to lighten it. Or some use it for highlighting.

Fair is very light and a bit pink – think Nicole Kidman.

Light, Bisque, Light Medium, Shell Beige, Medium, and Soft Beige are our neutral shades. I am of German heritage and have a bit of pink to my skin and this is the group of shades that I use. Many women are able to use these shades because they blend well with variety of skin tones.

Pale Olive, Creamy Olive, Medium Olive and Tan Olive are soft olive shades. They aren’t as green as you would think. And sometimes if you have what you consider to be yellow-toned skin, the olive shades may work for you.

Cream, Creamy Bisque, and Golden Medium, Medium Caramel and Caramel are our soft warm shades for golden skin tones. If you have red tones in your hair, there is a good chance these will work for you. But everyone is unique. It helps to look at the inside of your wrist to see if you have golden tones in your skin.

Toffee and Cocoa are our darkest shades. These will work for many women with darker complexions and tend to darken a bit when they warm to the skin. So you can’t judge the color until it sits on the skin for about ten minutes.

I listed each group of shades from the lightest to darkest. If you google “Lucy Minerals Swatches” you will find lots of swatches online to compare.

I hope this is helpful! Please let me know if you have questions.

Annie Theiss

Sprouts are not just for Christmas!

Sprouts are not just for Christmas!

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

We’re nearing the end of October and marching steadily on towards the Festive season. We just love Christmas at Cocktail Cosmetics - glitter, sparkles, cosy log fires and most of all family time. Highlight of the most important day of the year is the traditional turkey dinner and trimmings – yum! Think of Christmas dinner and what immediately comes to mind to spoil it – soggy sprouts! We think of Sprouts and think of our lovely Sprout skincare range – just as good for you as those misunderstood green veg.    The Sprout skin care range is the brainchild of Adina Grigore, who whilst looking for products to suit her very sensitive skin decided to make her own from natural ingredients.  Adina uses only five ingredients or less in each product with no nasty additives  or preservatives. We start our day with the Sprout cleanser and toner which leaves our skin super clean and feeling silky soft. Followed up with the Sprout cream mositurisor and that’s it, we’re ready for the day – not a soggy sprout in sight! If you'd like to try these truly natutal skin care products you can find them here

What's New

What's New

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

For this latest update we’re going to focus on two of the newer brands to join our line up, namely Beauty Bakerie and Girlactik Beauty. Starting with Beauty Bakerie. Beauty Bakerie are a California based company dishing up a range of delicious sounding cruelty free cosmetics. Founder Cashmere Nicole is a truly inspirational woman, and the range is designed to be smudgeproof and waterproof. The must have items from the range are the Lip Whips (£15.95 each). These matte liquid lipsticks are available in a stunning array of colours, from conventional to unconventional and if you are thinking of taking the plunge and ordering, be sure to check out the Sugar Lip Scrub (£10) to prep your lips as well as the Lip Whip Remover (£12.00), this also remove any of your other Beauty Bakerie smudge free cosmetics! Speaking of other products in the line, the Gelato Eye Liners are available in a beautiful range of colours, from black to vibrant pink and these retail at £11.95 each. The EyesCreams (£11.95) are beautiful crème eye shadows that glide on and allow you blend before setting firm all day long. Finally, we stock the Brownies Eye Brow Gel (£11.95), available in five shades, this gel glides on smoothly and stays put all day long. A stunning line of make up with outstanding staying power, if you don’t believe us, just check out the reviews! Moving onto Girlactik Beauty. Galit Strugano was a Hollywood makeup artist when she was driven to create a glitter product she could use on her clients without making a mess. The beautifully girly range has since expanded considerably and boasts celebrity fans such as Eva Longoria, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Cindy Crawford and many more. Girlactik are clearly not a brand to miss a huge trend and as such you’ll find their collection of Matte Lip Paints (£16.95) are available in eight beautiful shades. Starlet Pink Chic Shine (£14.95) is a highlight that promises a metallic foil shine, try applying to your cheekbones or just under your rows. Glamourous Skin Glow (£19.95) is designed to be a multipurpose product and can be used as a highlighter on your face or applied to your body for a glamourous glow! The Beauty Cream Blush (£14.95) blends like dream to give a beautiful flush of colour, can also double up as a lip colour. Available in three shades. Star Blush (£14.95), is a powder blusher and is available in seven shades, in a range of finishes, from matte to shimmer. The Big Lash Affair Mascara (£13.50) could be the mascara of your dreams. This is the mascara to reach for when you’re going out and want to wow. It conditions while adding length and volume. While the formula is not waterproof, it is water resistant. Next we have the Face Glimmers (£14.95 each). Available in golden 14K and Pink Diamond these tubes of glimmer add a natural glow. Finally, we have the Pearl Base (£12.95). This eye shadow primer intensifies the colour of shadows worn on top of it, as well as increasing wear time. Can also double up as a highlighter! We hope you enjoy exploring these two new ranges, in store and online now!

The 8 Game Changer Benefits of Facial Massage

by Jules Derrick @ Outsidethebox Makeup

Feeling the need to rejuvenate? Seeking some relaxation time? or  Looking to nurture and reconnect with yourself?   Decided a Natural Facial Treatment is just the solution you seek? Thats great! BUT did you also realise that Facial Massage: Stimulates muscle tone…making your skin look firm and younger Stimulates the Lymph System….helps get rid of toxins […]

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Interview with Miss Galaxy Australia National Finalist Kassandra Kashian

by becoyote @ BE COYOTE Mineral Makeup

Ellana: Hi Kassandra, thank you for speaking with us today. We have been following your galaxy journey and are very excited to see what unfolds at the national final. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Kassandra: Hi Ellana! Thank you so much for having me. That’s great to hear. My name is […]

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Spring/Summer 2017 Make Up Trends

Spring/Summer 2017 Make Up Trends

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

For the last few years, catwalks have been showing beauty looks that don’t change a huge amount. Of course some looks are new and avant garde while others take a oft-used look and put a modern slant on it. For Autumn/Winter however there were some departures from the usual dewy skin and matte lips so we’ve been excited to see what exactly Spring/Summer 2017 has in store for us in terms of beauty trends. Eighties Bright blush We saw the start of this trend on the A/W 2016 catwalks, but for Spring/Summer 2017 this look is huge. As seen on the catwalks of Kenzo and Chanel among others, think 1980’s. Bold orange and fuchsia blusher worn dramatically high up on the cheekbones, this is not the year of the subtle blush. If you’re feeling bold then get yourself the Morphe The Blushed Blush Palette (£19.95) which contains nine silky shades, all of which promise rich pigment. Smudgy Eyes Not to be confused with smoky eyes, the smudgy eye is exactly as it sounds, smudgy. On the Balmain and Altuzarra catwalks wore eye glosses smudged over liner in grey tones. At home, try a smudgy Kohl, such as the Sigma Duel Ended Liner (£4) with a touch of Vaseline on top. In addition turquoise, peach and lilac glossy, smudgy eyes were very much in favour at Nina Ricci’s shows. Clean Skin Taking the natural look to the next level next year, Isabel Marant and Michael Kors models didn’t feature a single scrap of make up on the skin, and neither did Kim Kardashian or Alicia Keyes in the audience. Bare skin is in. In addition, many other fashion houses showcased models who had only the smallest amount, to either control shine, or cover blemishes. Glitter Lips In complete contrast to the minimalist bare skin trend, glitter lips were spotted at several shows, tying in with the eighties boldness seen elsewhere. Perhaps this look isn’t suitable for the office but if you’re heading for a big night out, go for it. Beauty Bakerie Glitter Sprinkles (£8.95) each come with a doe foot applicator and Beauty Baker Adhesive and will create a candy coated lip look in no time. Bold Lip Colour or No Lip Colour Lips were either one extreme or the other with either completely bare lips, save for a touch of balm or the most vibrant shades around. Oranges, corals and hot pinks were all spotted, and so bright they were almost neon. Try Aromi Beauty Orange Tangerine Matte Liquid Lipstick (£13.00) or Caked Makeup Jelly Liquid Lipstick (£14.00). If you’re more of a balm kind of a girl then try Neve Cosmetics Volumising Pillow Lips Balm (£7.50) which moisturises and plumps for a perfect pout. Side Partings and Side Ponytails Finally, to complete your fresh 2017 look opt for deep side partings or a side ponytail, as seen on the Chanel, Kenzo and Balmain catwalks. Again, the aim here is a thoroughly modern reworking of the 80’s. 

Cocktail Cosmetics get a Gold Website Award with Mumpreneur UK!

Cocktail Cosmetics get a Gold Website Award with Mumpreneur UK!

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We’re thrilled to announce that www.cocktailcosmetics.co.uk has won a Gold Website Award with Mumpreneur UK. www.mumpreneuruk.com  celebrates the UK’s Mumpreneurs (Mums in business) through their online resource centre and annual events. They operate as a non-profit organisation ensuring they remain completely impartial and dedicated to assisting mums juggling a business and family for the good of business - not just for money! Ambassadors of Mumpreneur include Glamour Editor, Jo Elvin, the legendary Karen Millen, Dragon’s Den’s Hilary Devey, and Managing Director of Ann Summers, Vanessa Gold. Cocktail Cosmetics was founded by Julie Burford 5 years ago and is a one-stop shop for all types of make-up and skincare with the added USP of stocking a huge range of organic, natural and Vegan products. Julie said, "We are extremely proud of this award and of our website. 2012 has been an exciting time for us with the re-launch and rebranding of the business and this award is the 'cherry on top’”. We’re so proud that our new navigation design, speedy packing and delivering and wide choice of brands has been recognised in these prestigious awards and we hope you enjoy shopping with us!

Colour Correcting

Colour Correcting

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Colour correcting concealers are really taking off at the moment, following on from contouring and baking, colour correcting seems to be the newest beauty must-try trend. Actually, colour correcting make up isn’t new at all and has in fact been used by make up artists since the advent of Technicolour technology. Since then though, the world of colour correcting cosmetics has expanded greatly and there are several more shades available than green. If you have looked at the rainbow of concealers available on the market now and wondered what on earth to do with them, then worry not, our handy guide will help you work out which shades are used for which concern. Do remember that colour correctors are best used under your foundation, while concealers are usually used after your foundation. With all correcting concealers application is crucial, specifically blending, the desired end result should be not to see any of the colour you’ve used once all of your make up is in place. So proceed with a light hand. Once you’ve got a feel for the products you’ll instinctively know how much to use. Starting off with green. Perhaps the most well known of all coloured concealers. Green can be used to counteract redness, so on blemishes, general redness or red scarring. Yellows and oranges my look frightening but both are fantastic for adding warmth as well as helping to hide any dark circles. Ideally yellow is best for fair skin tones, while orange is better for darker skin tones. Lilac concealers counteract any sallowness with the added bonus of a highlighting effect, just add to areas you wish to highlight. Finally, reds and pinks are best for hiding blue tones, such as bruises or veins or even blue toned dark circles under the eyes. This is probably the least widely available colour corrector shade, but at a push a lipstick would do, just try to avoid anything shimmery! The Morphe 20 Colour Contour and Concealer Palette (£17.95) contains a wide range of cream products, including pink, lilac, green and orange colour correcting concealers so if you think you could use all of the shades mentioned, it’s well worth considering this palette, especially if you like to contour too. This palette does it all! LA Girl USA Pro Colour Correctors are available in green, yellow and orange, are in a creamy formula, with a built in brush and at £5 each are a great way to try the trend without investing too much money or ideal if you only have one area you wish to correct. If you prefer powder cosmetics, then Everyday Minerals do a Mint Color Corrector at a reasonable £6.95 while Neve Cosmetics offer both Green and Yellow mineral powders at £9.95.

So, what exactly is balayage and why do we love it so much?

by Marie Claire @ Marie Claire

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Balayage has been around for a while but this timeless technique is creeping its way back into being one of the most popular hair colour requests in salons today.

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Nail Art

Nail Art

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

There must be many of us who have bought pots of loose cosmetic glitter to wear for a special occasion or fancy dress party, and unless you’re a particularly sparkly person, the chances are that pot of glitter has languished in your make up drawer ever since.Perhaps only seeing the light of day during the Christmas party season. While wearing glitter on your face for your school run or day at work is not the done thing for most of us, there is a way you can put those pots of glitter to good use that is more suitable for daytime wear, but equally fabulous for a night out or party. There are various options available to you, and you are only really limited by your imagination, but here are a few of our suggestions. If you don’t already own glitter, take a look at the Lime Crime Zodiac Cosmetic Glitters (£9.00) Violet Voss £6.95 and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Glitters £9.50, you may be inspired enough to buy some! A word of warning before we start, don’t be tempted to use craft glitters unless they are ultra fine, your average glitter is too chunky and won’t layer well without getting bumpy and rough, cosmetic glitters are perfect. Full Nail Glitter This looks great as an accent nail, but equally, if you’re going for all out glam, its great on all nails. First, apply base coat. • Working one hand at a time, choose a nail colour close to the colour of your glitter and apply two coats of polish. Before it dries, take a soft fluffy brush (an old eyeshadow brush is perfect), dip it into your glitter and then brush all over your tacky nail polish until full coverage is achieved. Using a clean dry brush, brush over the nails to sweep away all loose glitter and to smooth the applied glitter. Repeat on the other hand. Apply Top Coat. Ombre Nail Glitter Ever so slightly more subtle than the full coverage glitter look, but no less effective. Apply Base Coat Working one hand at a time, choose a colour that either coordinates or contrasts with the colour of your glitter and apply two coats of colour. While the polish is still tacky, use a brush to apply glitter just to the tips of the nail, so use less glitter than with the previous look, and then once applied, pull the brush down over the nail to create the ombre look. Repeat on the other hand. Apply Top Coat.  Glitter Patterns You can achieve all sorts of effects using glitter and clear polish. We’re going to use a dotting tool to create glittery spots, but you could draw swirls or zig zags with a fine nail art brush. Apply Base Coat Paint all nails in your chosen colour. Apply two coats and allow to dry Using a dotting tool (widely available from nail art stores online), use clear polish to apply dots all over your nails, it may be wise to do one hand at a time. Then brush on your glitter, it will stick to the wet spots and not stick to the background colour. Allow to dry and then sweep away any loose glitter and finish up with a Top Coat.

May Prize Give Away

May Prize Give Away

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

For May's free competition we will be giving away one of Enkore Makeup's new brush soaps. Entry is open to anyone over 18 - no purchase necessary. To enter all you have to do is email us admin@cocktailcosmetics.co.uk  with your contact details and follow us on Facebook and Twitter The winners name will be published here at the beginning of June Good Luck! Winner Laura J Sessions @eyeslikepandas. Thank you to all those who entered - better luck next time.          

Latest love for our minerals – read it all here

by Grace Burrows @

Look at our latest awards this SPRING! The ‘independent’s’ – TOP Spring Blush  http://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/fashion-beauty/best-spring-blushers-superdrug-clarins-yves-saint-laurent-charlotte-tilbury-benefit-a6949741.html ‘Evening Standards’ – No.1 Spring Blusher!!!  http://www.standard.co.uk/shopping/esbest/fashion-beauty/10-best-blushers-nars-benefit-dior-clarins-charlotte-tilbury-a3219371.html

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Wide Eyed Beauty

by Daniella Solazzo @ Mii

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Spot Light On Yaby Cosmetics

Spot Light On Yaby Cosmetics

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Yaby cosmetics was founded in 2007 by Canadian professional makeup artist Liz Yu. As a makeup artist Liz had a large, overflowing collection of makeup kits and palettes but she found they were not functional for the professional makeup artist and began making her own palettes. Her problem with this was that she thought it didn’t look very professional as they were homemade. Also while working at the CN tower her homemade palette failed her and this left her very frustrated and she worried she had wasted a lot of people’s time. This is when Liz had the idea for creating Yaby Cosmetics. She wanted to create professional makeup kits and palettes that were functional for makeup artists and that would minimise waste, therefore saving time and money. Yaby's products are affordable for everyone. Yaby offers pre-set palettes containing everything from eye shadow to foundation and blushers. There are also empty palettes with different compartment sizes and a freestyle palette that can be used to store different kinds of cosmetics. When creating the palettes Liz had organisation and function in mind. All palettes are magnetic which mean you can interchange colours and they come with pan refills and there are also different makeup tubes available. If you are working on a project that needs just pink colours then you can pop out the others and add different shades of pink as you wish. Palettes also come with a mirror and a stainless steel mixing plate so you can blend colours together until you get the desired shade. Interchangeable palettes mean a professional doesn’t need to carry round unnecessary makeup colours and equipment and it can all be neatly compacted. Before launching Yaby, Liz took into consideration other professional makeup artists opinions and a survey was done. Liz then listened to the feedback and came up with a versatile range of cosmetics using her vast knowledge and experience in the industry. Yaby colours are highly pigmented and have been proven to be long lasting and translate well on photographic and TV cameras. The makeup containers can be sanitised and reused making them great for the environment. They also come in minimal packaging so there is no unnecessary waste. Yaby cosmetics are also cruelty free and vegan. Yaby is not just a makeup artists favourite it has also become very popular with beauty bloggers and everyday beauty consumers. It is extremely popular in Canada and the USA and is regularly shipped to Asia, UK and other European countries. Liz also owns Blur makeup room in Toronto which is run and operated by professional makeup artists. She is known for her flawless makeup finish and has worked on high profile TV shows and films. She lives and still works as a makeup artist in Toronto, Canada.

Effortless Summertime Beauty

by NADINE ANDERSON @ Barefaced Beauty

Barefaced Beauty’s award winning 100% Pure Natural Mineral cosmetics will effortlessly help you achieve a beautiful, natural, fresh and healthy looking radiance that we all desire and everyone admires. Our wonderful range of mineral cosmetics are quick and easy to apply and provide excellent coverage, disguising and correcting … Continue reading

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A/W 2014 Trends

A/W 2014 Trends

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It may seem too early to be thinking ahead to the colder months, but as always, it’s what we’re seeing on the catwalks now that will dictate the beauty trends for Autumn/Winter 2014. That’s the products stocked by high end and high street stores and of course Cocktail Cosmetics. All the early signs are pointing to this being a bad season for lipstick lovers. Eyes are the focus with lips being completely bare on many of the catwalks. Here’s a rundown of the beauty looks being sported on the runways of some of the biggest fashion houses for Autumn/Winter 2014. The Jean Paul Gaultier catwalks featured severe eyebrows and ultra black, ultra winged eyeliner flicks. The Stella McCartney models sported softly defined eyes with the merest hint of lip balm. An extremely natural look. Chloe models sported soft smokey violet eyes, again with bare lips. Kenzo models were given graphic 50’s inspired flicks in bright cobalt blue, once again teamed with bare lips. The Lanvin models again, were given a make under but had oversized lashes for huge dramatic impact. The Dolce & Gabbana look emphasised glowing pink cheeks with delicate black liquid liner. Fear not lipstick lovers, Prada embraced red lips, and the intention was to make the models look as though it was their first time wearing red lipstick… so fear not red lipstick-phobes, perfect application isn’t crucial. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Suki Waterhouse sported classic red lips for the Grace catwalk. There are four overriding trends emerging. The first being classic black winged black liner. Be as bold or as delicate as you dare, this is a look that never dates. The Viseart Longwear Black Eye Liner Gel is perfect. It’s waterproof and lasts for hours without smudging. You can even use your fingers to blend it into your eyelids as an eyeshadow. Another emerging trend for Autumn/Winter is the red lip. Like the black winged liner, this never dates. The trick is to find the right shade for you. The Daniel Sandler Micro-Bubble Lipstick in Micro Red is the dream lipstick. Both a colour and treatment in one, this contains beeswax, vitamins A, C &E and rose hip oil, amongst other soothing ingredients, as well as packing a powerful punch of colour. The next emerging trend is blue winged liner. From cobalt to aqua, choose your shade and apply! The Eye of Horus Lazuli Blue Goddess Eye Pencil is a beautiful blue shade matching the shade worn by the Kenzo models perfectly. The final trend, and perhaps the most seen trend on the catwalks, is the bare lips trend. No lipstick necessary. But if your lips are on the dry side you’ll be wanting a slick of balm to keep them moisturised and soft. We stock great selection of brands and flavours so head over and take your pick. Just give them a gentle brush with an old soft toothbrush to get rid of dry flakes first.

Colour of the Year 2015

Colour of the Year 2015

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

Pantone are the world-renowned colour experts. The name is known worldwide as the standard language for colour communication, meaning that they are called upon to ensure colours always match, from the design stages right through development. Each year they announce the colour of the year, as chosen by them based on a variety of factors, but it’s a colour that has been seen a great deal on the Spring 2015 catwalks and where catwalks lead, beauty trends follow. Marsala itself is best described as rich, earthy, reddish-brown, inspired by the fortified wine of the same name. Make up options are wide, as its an incredibly versatile shade, teaming up well with peaching pinks, neutrals, golds and even bronze for a warm, rich look. Given the nature of the colour, it of course lends itself perfectly to blushers and lipsticks and for the slightly more adventurous, even eyeshadows. Here’s a quick run-down of products we stock to help you get on trend for 2015 with our pick of Marsala tones. NYX Slide On Eye Pencil in Jewel is a deep plum shade with the addition of beautiful gold and plum shimmer. £7.50 NYX Jumbo Eye Shadow Pencil in Rust is a rich deep shimmery eyeshadow pencil, idea for use as an eyeshadow base or alone. £5 Everyday Mineral’s loose eyeshadow in Prim and Proper, is a paler variation of the Marsala colour, making this and ideal shade for blending and mixing with other shades to get a similar look. £5.95. New to Cocktail Cosmetics is the brand Saucebox. They have a selection of eyeshadow palettes, but it’s the Etude palette that is most on trend for 2015 offering a variety of neutral shades and a reddish brown, meaning you can be as bold or as subtle as you like. £34.95. Moving onto cheek products, Daniel Sandler’s famous Watercolour Liquid Blush comes in a variety of shades, but it’s Dare that comes closest to Marsala. Don’t be frightened by the depth of colour, you only need one small drop, and blend it out. A little goes a long way! £15.50. OCC have a number of Lip Tar options. If metallic is your thing then Super NSFW is perfect, alternatively try Starlet for a satin reddish brown shade. £11.95 Daniel Sandler’s Super Gloss Lip Gloss in Super Strawberry is the perfect shimmering brown-red shade with the addition of vitamins for a moisturising formula. £11.20. Lily Lolo offer Intense Crush or Love Affair in their natural lipsticks, both Marsala shades, but one more warm, the other more cool. £8.99 each. Finally, Neve Cosmetics offer two Pastello Lip Liner pencils in Marsala tones, Amore Pink and Cappucino Rose. £3.95 each.

SUVA Beauty

SUVA Beauty

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If you’re not yet familiar with Canadian Shaina Azad, then where have you been? An educator, a tv/film artist, a You Tube beauty guru and now the creator of SUVA Beauty Cosmetics, an innovative, high performing line of cosmetics and tools for both the professional and the consumer. We’re delighted to add SUVA Cosmetics to our shop so lets have a run through of what we have in stock! First up are the amazing Matte Hydra Eyeliners (£9.95). Available in eight stunning shades from classic black to bubblegum pink, as well as four vibrant UV shades and six chrome shades, activate with either water or a mixing medium to create a gorgeou finish and apply with a fine brush. Next up are the Hydra Cream Bases (£9.95). Available in eight shades, the Hydra Cream Bases are a dream product. Acting like a magnet these will keep your eyeshadow locked firmly in place, and prevent fall out. In addition you’ll benefit from increased wear times, greater intensity and by mixing your Bases with different eyeshadows you can achieve new looks and colours. Moving on to the shadow pans (£9.95). Let’s start by saying these are huge, weighing in at 4g and they fit the SUVA magnetic palettes or any freeform palette! We stock two types of individual Shadow Pan, Shimmer and Matte. The Shimmer Eye Shadows are available in twelve shades, each has a built in primer and is packed with pigmentation. The Matte Shadows are available in 14 shades and as with the Shimmer eye Shadows, have a built in primer as well as packing a real punch of pigment. If you like to purchase single pans, given the size of the gigantic SUVA eye shadow pans, you might want to look into the SUVA Magnetic Palette, a Four pan Magnetic Palette is £6.95 and features a mirror in the lid. Moving onto pre-filled palettes. Each palette contains full size shadows in a magnetic palette featuring a mirror in the lid. Keepers of Magic (£26.95), contains four shimmer shadows in Potion, Wizard, Emerald City and Fairy Dust, bright shades for vibrant looks. The Hussle (£26.95) also has four shimmer shadows, this time in Gastown Grind, City of Angels, Empire State and The 6ix, this time the shades are warm neutrals. The Neutral Necessity Eye Shadow Palette (£44.95) contains 7 matte neutral shades and one Satin shade for highlighting. Shades included are Prohibition Pub, Turkish Bath, Lock Bridge, Shanghai Nights, Night Market, Islander, Hookah, and Madrid. Finally the Cupcake and Monsters Eyeshadow Palette (£44.95) is for fans of bold colour. This time all the shades are matte and include, Sugar Diet, Electric Slide, Funny Face, Bloody Mary, Got Milk, Sangria Sundays, Clover Club and Blue Lagoon. The final item we have in stock is the Retractable Magnetic Brush Case (£24.95) designed to close with an innovative built in sleeve that protects your brushes from getting caught when you close the case, the closure is magnetic meaning there are no zips or fastenings to deal with. The perfect accessory.

News

News

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

Whats New! Its time for a run down of the newest products and brands we have both in store and online. Our new shop (26 High Street, Sutton Coldfield) has opened its doors and were delighted to say we are now stocking a range of Bomb Cosmetics products so do drop in and pick up your pampering bath treats. Weve a lovely selection to choose from. Also in store only are a selection of the Morphe Brushes Palettes. Again, please stop by and have a look. Maybe the Brow Palette will take your fancy or one of the comprehensive Eyeshadow palettes, we have a couple to choose from so head down to the shop to take a look. Prices start at £12.50 Moving onto fabulous brand you can purchase both in store and online. Were delighted to be offering affordable quality products from the Mesauda Milano brand. The products are almost exclusively made in Italy. The emphasis is on high quality products with fashionable shades and up to the minute textures. The Top Model Matte Lipsticks are available in 14 shades in the finish of the moment, matte, and at 6.95 each they are a steal. Also worthy of mention, and tapping into current trends is the Perfecting Powder Palette (33.95). This compact contains six powders and two bronzing powders and is ideal for finishing, sculpting and bronzing. Also new in are the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics RTW (Ready To Wear) Lip Tars. These are the original formula lip tars, matte, liquid and highly pigmented, packaged in tubes with doe foot applicators, ideal for quick, on the go applications. You needed the smallest amount for opaque coverage that offers a great wear time. In the RTW format there are 25 shades available and they are £11.50 each. Next we have the hotly anticipated Edward Scissorhands palette from Sugarpill. This vegan eyeshadow palette contains six new shades allowing you to create a wide variety of looks from metallic, smokey eyes to 1950s housewife chic. The shades are Home Sweet Home, a matte sky blue, Ice Angel, a silvery white with iridescent blue sheen, The Inventor, metallic gunmetal, Suburbia a matte coral (doubles as a blush), Heart Shaped Cookie, a soft matte beige and Castle on the Hill, stone brown. This palette is limited so grab one quick, its £26. We recently added new products to the Gerard Cosmetics line, in the form of the Hydra Matte Lipsticks in Aphrodite (nude), Serenity (warm pink with hints of brown) and Mercury Rising (vibrant orange red). The Hydra Matte lipsticks are designed to be fully opaque and matte, but unlike some matte lipsticks, these offer a burst of moisture. £13 each. Finally, if glitter is your thing, head over and take a look at the Ben Nye Glitz It Gel. Holographic ice glitter suspended in a clear gel. You can apply this anywhere you want to add sparkle. The gel dries quickly to a matte finish but the glitter remains dazzling. Washes off with soap and water and is ideal for effects, discos or any time you want to sparkle. 8.97

Easy Mineral Makeup Look for Autumn with NCinc Products

by Diane Dale @ NCInc.

Cecilia is a Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger who writes on her personal site Brand & Beauty. We recently sent her some samples of our products so she could write a tutorial and show her readers how she is using Mineral Makeup this Autumn. In her tutorial she shows you how she applies our makeup ...

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In The Buff Make Up | Make Up That Enhances Your Natural Beauty

In The Buff Make Up | Make Up That Enhances Your Natural Beauty


In The Buff Make Up | Make Up That Enhances Your Natural Beauty

We believe in enhancing your beauty, rather than covering it up. ‘In The Buff Makeup’ gives you amazing coverage, without the nasty side effects.

New Product Alert

New Product Alert

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

Check out this revolutionary brush cleaning glove from Sigma. Make the chore of cleaning your make up brushes a thing of the past. The specially designed glove is suitable for use on all your face and eye make up brushes.   Coming soon to Cocktail Cosmetics.  

OCC Unknown Pleasures A/W 14

OCC Unknown Pleasures A/W 14

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FALL 2014 - From the innovators behind the cult-favorite liquid lipstick Lip Tar, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics unleashes a range of shades and textures that explores the boundaries between light and shadow. ‘Unknown Pleasures’ is OCC’s Fall/Winter Colour Collection brings together six all-new Lip Tar shades The ‘Unknown Pleasures’ collection captures seasonal trend as created by OCC on the runways of New York Fashion Week, with shades that made their original debut at the Fall/Winter 2014 Collections. ‘Unknown Pleasures’ offers a range of colours that promise to tease and tempt the senses, with chic neutrals like ‘Lament’ and ‘Covet’, to ultra-modern vamp shades like the Matte and Metallic duo of deep purples, ‘Pagan’ and ‘Technopagan’. In addition to the six all-new Lip Tar Mattes and Metallics  ‘Unknown Pleasures’ delivers two new Cosmetic Colour Pencil shades! Actor and musician Deven Green returns to OCC, taking on her darkest roles yet as the two faces of ‘Unknown Pleasures’. The collection will be available online on 5th August.

Fixing Overplucked Eye Brows

Fixing Overplucked Eye Brows

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Thanks (mostly) to Cara Delevingne brows are big news. Perfect arches are all over the catwalks and magazines but how can those of us who’ve been a little tweezer happy in the past create those beautiful groomed brows that are all the rage? Many of us over plucked in the nineties, leaving little more than thin lines in place of our brows, some of us were never blessed with lots of brow to work with in the first place, and some of us may have just made an error with the tweezers as a one off. The first step is to start using a growth product. There are several on the market. Some market themselves as conditioners to nourish the hairs you do have, and some promise to produce hairs where there haven’t been any for years. Do some research before purchasing and then use regularly for fuller looking brows in as little as 4-8 weeks. In the meantime get your eyebrows tinted. This has two benefits. Firstly, the hairs will appear thicker and darker, creating a full look immediately, and secondly, those fine colourless hairs you can’t really see will also get tinted and you can build these into your brow shape. Once you’ve started with two steps you can use a variety of tools and cosmetics to create the illusion of the perfect brows. When you start to fill in your brows, you may feel unsure about creating the shame freehand, and if that is the case then Brow Stencil Kits are the answer. Place where you want them to be and fill in with product, you can then tweeze away the hairs outside of the template. Be sure to use good quality tweezers that really grip the hair, like the Crown Brush Precision Tweezers. Try not to be over zealous. Tweeze only hairs that fall outside of the shape you are creating. When filling your brows in you’ll need two things. A high quality brush and your product. Choose a colour that closely matches your hair colour. There are many products on the market for filling in brows, powders, gels and pencils being the main options. Gels usually come in tubes like mascaras and are applied using a mascara wand. These have the additional benefit of not only adding colour, but holding the brows in place once the product has dried. The Sigma Brow Gel is ideal and has a tinted end and a clear end. Pencils are simple to use and as you’d imagine, you simply sketch in your brows. Don’t be tempted to draw on a straight line, instead sketch small lines with a sharp pencil to crate the look of the hairs. When choosing a brush for your brows, make sure it is precise and slim when viewed head on. The Cozette Angled Brow/Liner Brush is perfect and Vegan too. There are many brow powders on the market and the Everyday Minerals Brow Definition Kit is a great place to start. It contains two shades of brow powder, a coffee shade and a dark brown, along with a Rare Silk eyeshadow for highlighting your brow once it’s filled in. It also contains a brush. Whichever product you use to fill in your brows, the finishing touch is to highlight the brow bone which will really help to open the eye area and lift the arch. The Sigma Brow Highlighting Pencil is dual ended and has a matte side for a day time highlight and a shimmery end for an evening look. And remember, don’t go tweezer crazy, if you are unsure about which hairs to tweeze, get your brows shaped by a professional, it’s not an expensive beauty treatment and if you only go once, they’ll create the shape for you, all you need to do is remove hairs that grow outside of that shape!

Coming soon!!

Coming soon!!

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

We're always happy to bring you new products- so here are a few you have to look forward to over the next few weeks.   Have you tried our Eye of Horus mascara and liquid eye liner yet? Pixiwoos have and  they loved it when they used them in the Rachel Weisz - Oz the Great and Powerful make up tutorial. Eye of Horus are now expanding their Egyptian inspired range with the new Isis Sun Goddess eye shadow palette.Shades in the palette are Enigma Myst (Pink), Chalice Bronze (Bronze) and Sacred Husk (Brown) This will be available end of April/beginning of May at £29.95       Also new from Eye of Horus is the Serpentine smokey eye liner pencil. Introductory offer will also include a free pencil sharpener. What a gorgeous olive shade - we love it!!             We're also excited to be bringing you YouTube mega star Koren Zander - Enkore Makeup's brush soap. This will be available in May. Each soap includes ingredients to clean and condition both natural and synthetic fibre brushes Priced at £8.50           Illuminare mineral foundations have been very popular and due to public demand we will be offering you the all day Illuminare All Day eye shadows. These are creaseproof with an SPF of 15 Available in 7 shades. £13.95 each         We can't wait to get our hands on the latest offering from Obsessive Cosmetics Compulsive. Full product details can be found here         And finally Real Techniques have created a limited edition duo fibre brush set. These will be priced at  £23.95 and should be with us early June.           What do you think you might be tempted to try? Happy shopping!!

Everyday Minerals Shades

Everyday Minerals Shades

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  "Cheat Sheet" for NEW Matte, Semi-Matte and Jojoba Bases Fair Matte and Semi-matte   ▪ 0C- Rosy Fair (formerly Fair) - Fairest skin with rosy undertones   ▪ 0N- Fair (formerly Fair Neutral) - Fairest skin with neutral undertones   ▪ 0W- Golden Fair (formerly Golden Fair)- Fairest skin with golden undertones   Ivory Matte and Semi-matte   ▪ 1C- Rosy Ivory (formerly Sunkissed Fair) - Light skin with rosy undertones   ▪ 1N- Ivory (formerly Linen) - Light skin with neutral undertones   ▪ 1W- Golden Ivory (formerly Light Olive)- Light skin with golden undertones Jojoba Base   ▪ 1C- Alabaster   ▪ 1N- Cream   ▪ 1W- Shell Blanc   Light Complexions Matte and Semi-matte   ▪ 2C- Rosy Light (formerly Multi-tasking Neutral)- Light skin with rosy undertones   ▪ 2N- Light (formerly Fairly Light Neutral) - Light skin with neutral undertones   ▪ 2C- Golden Light (formerly Light Neutral) - Light skin with golden undertones Jojoba Base   ▪ 2C- Vanilla   ▪ 2W- Bare   Beige Complexions Matte and Semi-Matte   ▪ 3C- Rosy Beige (formerly Fair Medium) - Light to medium skin with rosy undertones   ▪ 3N- Beige (formerly Fairly Light)- Light to medium skin with neutral undertones   ▪ 3W- Golden Beige (formerly Buttered Tan)- Light to Medium skin with golden undertones Jojoba Base   ▪ 3C- Natural Ivory   ▪ 3W- Sand   Medium Complexions Matte and Semi-matte   ▪ 4C- Rosy Medium (formerly Medium) - Medium skin with rosy undertones   ▪ 4N- Medium (formerly Beige Neutral)- Medium skin with neutral undertones   ▪ 4W- Golden Medium (formerly Light Medium) - Medium skin with golden undertones Jojoba Base   ▪ 4C- Natural   ▪ 4W- Honey   Tan Complexions Matte and Semi-matte   ▪ 5C- Rosy Tan (formerly Light Tan) - Medium to dark skin with rosy undertones   ▪ 5N- Tan (formerly Medium Beige) - Medium to dark skin with neutral undertones   ▪ 5W- Golden Tan (formerly Medium Tan) - Medium to dark skin with golden undertones Jojoba base   ▪ 5C- Sesame   ▪ 5N- Honey Beige   ▪ 5W- True Beige   Golden Complexions Matte & Semi-matte   ▪ 6W- Golden Almond (formerly Tan)- Dark skin with golden/neutral undertones   ▪ 6C Rosy Almond (coming soon) – Dark skin with cinnamon undertones   ▪ 6N Almond (coming soon) – Dark skin with neutral undertones Jojoba Base   ▪ 6C- Natural Rose- Dark skin with rosy undertones   Bronze Complexions Matte and Semi-matte   ▪ 7N- Bronze (formerly Bronzed Tan)- Deep skin with neutral undertones   ▪ 7W Golden Bronze (coming soon) Deep skin with golden undertones   ▪ 7C Rosy Bronze (coming soon) Deep skin with cinnamon undertones   Cream Concealer Sticks Lightest to darkest Cream (0) Vanilla (1) Nude (2) Sand (3) Sesame (4) Honey (5) Color Corrector Sticks Addresses discoloration Peach (green, blue) Natural Rose (blue purple)  

Every Day Make Up

Every Day Make Up

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For many of us, time is of the essence first thing in the morning, but equally, for a lot of us, the thought of going out of house bare faced is enough to make you crawl back to bed and pull the duvet back over your head. Here’s our guide to a simple every day make up look that won’t take ages to apply and will make you look, naturally gorgeous, even if you had a heavy night the night before! 1. After cleansing and moisturising, apply your foundation using a foundation brush. Daniel Sandler’s Invisible Radiance Foundation is ideal as this comes with a handy concealer too. 2. Conceal your blemishes, using your favourite concealer. Take care to blend carefully. 3. Apply concealer in the eye area, concealing any dark circles and blend carefully. Look for a brightening concealer, such as the gloBrightener Highlight Concealer. 4. Define your brows with your chosen product. A brow pencil is usually the quickest option if time is short. Finish with a brow brightener to open up the eye area. The NYX Push-Up Bra for Eye Brows is the ideal product as it has a brow pencil at one end and highlighter at the other end. 5. Apply an eye shadow primer all over your eyelid and then choose a medium shadow, and apply all over your eyelid, blending up and just out of the eye socket. Then apply a lighter shade and apply just above the crease, blending the two together so there are no harsh lines. Next, apply an eyeliner, in either dark brown or black to your lower lash line and finish with black mascara. The Sleek I Divine Au Naturel Eye Palette has every colour you could possibly need in varying finishes, from matte to shimmer. The Sleek palettes are exceptionally good value for money too. 6. Next, apply a finishing powder all over to set your foundation. 7. Now for your blusher. For a day time look, choose something soft. NYX Cosmetics Powder Blush in Summer peach is a gorgeous every day shade. 8. Lips, apply lip liner, not just to the lip line, and then all over the lips. This really helps with longevity, helping to fix your lipstick in place, but also providing colour under your lipstick for when your lipstick wears away. 9. Apply your lipstick or gloss.  Such a quick and easy look and one that is easily transformed to an evening look if you are heading out straight from work. Just stick your eye shadow palette in your handbag, and before heading out, apply the darkest shade over your existing make up, re apply your liner and switch your day lip gloss/lipstick for a brighter/darker/more vibrant lipstick. You can’t go wrong with red!

Happy Winter Skin

by Daniella Solazzo @ Mii

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Eye Of Horus

Eye Of Horus

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

The Ancient Egyptians considered beauty a sign of holiness. And as such cosmetics were an important part of daily life for both men and women. Not only were cosmetics used for aesthetic purposes but they were also used for religious and magical purposes with cosmetic palettes even found buried in graves, signifying just how important they were. We are used to seeing Egyptian looking makeup today as portrayed in films such as Cleopatra starring Elizabeth Taylor, but what was the look of the era? Well, actually, the films aren’t far removed from the actuality. The most common item was Black kohl, and lots of it, stored in little kohl pots and applied with a wooden stick, to create an almond eye. The almond eye was to resemble the falcon eye of the God Horus (more on that shortly!). The Eye of Horus was believed to have magical protective powers and the kohl and green eye paint worn under the eye were therefore worn to ward off evil spirits and as a way to protect the eye from diseases. They weren’t wrong either; their kohl did indeed prevent an ocular infection that was caused by the flooding of the Nile. Green eye paint was usually made of malachite and black kohl was made from a substance called galena which is a dark grey ore of lead (which promoted the production of nitric oxide in their skin which strengthened their immune systems and prevented the aforementioned diseases!). In addition to the eye products, the ancient Egyptians also used stains for cheeks and lips that were created from red ochre, from clay, that was mined, washed and then dried in the sun to create the red pigment. Hair was also dyed and nails painted using Henna. So back to the Eye of Horus, that’s a catchy name for a cosmetics company no? Well certainly the ladies who created the Australian company of that very name thought so. But it’s not just the name; they have created a range of modern cosmetics which are all based on ancient Egyptian formulas and ingredients such as beeswax, rice bran wax, carnauba, candellia, jojoba waxes and almond, moringa and sesame oils. Only exception being lead, there’s no lead thankfully! The ethos of the brand is a caring one. All products are long lasting, non-irritating, nourishing and very suitable for those with sensitive eyes, all whilst avoiding nasty chemicals. Nothing is tested on animals and everything is paraben free. As you might imagine for a brand based on the cosmetics of Ancient Egyptians, the cosmetic products in the range are all for the eyes, with a few handy accessories too. There’s a Liquid Define Liner and kohl’s in a range of shades with appropriate names such as Malachite Teal and Bronze Amulet, in addition there’s a beautiful black mascara for even the most sensitive of eyes and a beautiful eye shadow palette in golds and bronzes which is of course named after Isis the Sun Goddess. In terms of accessories there are compact mirrors and pencil sharpeners along with a handy little Microfibre cloth that comes in a purse… you’ll need this soaked in some hot water to melt away the wax based mascara because it won’t run or shift on its own! Everyone should feel like a Goddess and with this range you really can.

Spot Light Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

Spot Light Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) were founded in New York City in 2004 by fashion runway and celebrity make up artist David Klasfeld. The first products launched were two lip balms, Tarred and Feathered. These innovative products were designed to darken (Tarred) existing lip colours, or lighten them (Feathered). In fact you can find these products in a Duo on our site as they were recently relaunched in celebration of 10 years of OCC. It was David Klasfeld’s idea to create products that met the needs of artists who couldn’t find what they needed in traditional cosmetics. In 2006 OCC launched OCC Skin one of the first airbrush formulas created to meet the needs of High Definition beauty. In 2007 the Nail Lacquer range was created in partnership with the Chelsea Art Museum, and the Loose Colour Concentrates were also launched. Loose Colour Concentrates are deeply pigmented, multi-purpose shimmer powders. These powders left out the ingredients other brands included, such as fillers, extenders and translucent mica, meaning these really are pure pigments. In 2009, after two years of development the Lip Tar was launched. The now, cult lip products were new and innovative and instantly became favourites with makeup artists and well known beauty bloggers. The Lip Tar, bought something new to the market. A opaque liquid lipstick that applies like a gloss, has the durability of a lipstick and dries to satin finish. Hugely pigmented, the tiniest amount will cover the lips and there’s a huge range of colours, which can be worn alone or mixed with other colours or the gloss to sheer down shades. Since their launch, OCC have added metallic finishes, matte finishes and a more translucent version of the formula, known as the Lip Tar: Stained Gloss. In 2012 the range expanded further with the addition of OCC: Tint Tinted Moisturiser and OCC Skin: Conceal. The whole range is 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free, internationally certified by PETA. Along the way other products have joined the line-up. The Cosmetic Colour pencils come in a wide range of colours (14 to be exact) and most are designed to be used anywhere, eyes, lips and body. The Crème Colour Concentrates are again, usable anywhere (which some safety exceptions) and are available in 18 shades. Formulated with emollients and humectants, they apply smoothly and last all day. The skin section of the range has been expanded with the addition of a primer, which works perfectly under Foundation/Tinted moisturisers, as well as making a great base for the Cosmetic Glitters. The Glitters themselves are ultras all particles that offer incredible sparkle, ideal for parties. Finally, OCC have a selection of Vegan brushes available, all are synthetic, cruelty free and incredibly soft. If you’re looking for a cruelty free brand with impeccable ethics, offering fashion forward colours and products, look no further than OCC. Prices range from £3.95 for a Mixing Storage Palette, through to £35 for the OCC Colour Concentrate Six Pigment Set.

3 beauty trends from London Fashion Week and how to get them

by Parisa Hashempour @ Healthista

Healthista chats with fashion week makeup artist Sascha Jackson about three key beauty looks from the spring-summer '18 catwalks and exactly how to get them 

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Milani Cosmetics

Milani Cosmetics

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It’s been a long time coming for cosmetics fans but we are proud to announce we are now stockists of Milani Cosmetics. For too long the UK have been reading blogs and beauty articles from the USA and wishing we could get our hands on this affordable, colourful range that always garners fantastic reviews, and now you can, from us! The range is extensive and we are stocking a carefully curated collection of some of the finest products Milani have to offer. Starting with Mascaras. We are stocking three varieties. All retailing at £5.00, each offers a different effect. Runway Lash offers a classic brush for volume length and curl, Total Lash offers a 3-zone brush to provide full lash coverage, definition and curls and finally Distinct Lash gives the ultimate 3D effect in just one swipe of the brush, wrapping each lash in a light, flexible film. There’s a fantastic Brow & Eye Highlighter, a dual ended pencil available in three shades, each with a matte end and a pearl end. Ideal for highlighting the corners of the eyes or the brow bones, these are £4.50 each. Single eye shadows are available two finishes, Baked and Runway. Runway shadows have a pearl finish, while the Baked Eye Shadows feature complimentary shades swirled together to create one colour with lots of dimension. There is a great colour range available in both, you’re biggest issue will be choosing which ones you want to order. Single Eye Shadows retail at £5 each. Other eye products include an Eye Shadow primer (£6) and the Eye Tech Liquid Eye Liner (£5). We’re stocking two Lip Products, the Color Statement Lipstick and the Matte Moisture Lipstick, both £5. Color Statement lipsticks promise high pigmentation in a lightweight formula that gives full coverage with one stroke, while Matte Moisture Lipsticks are non-drying, lasts for hours and has a great range of high fashion colours. When it comes to cheek products though, this is where Milani excel, and we stock a wide variety. From the visually beautiful Rose Blush (£6.50) that is pressed into a beautiful rose shape and contains rose petals, and the stunning Illuminating Face Powders (£6.50), available in three shades, Rose, Nectar and Natures Touch, these feature mini pressed roses in a variety of complimentary shades to bronze, highlight and blush in one sweep of your brush, to the Baked Bronzers (£7), available in Soleil and Golden, these are baked on Italian terracotta tiles and promise perfect sunkissed radiance and finally the Baked Blushers (£5) available in all the shades you could want in a variety of finishes, from matte through to marbelled shimmery swirls. It’s easy to understand when you see the range why it is so popular and has been so sought after here in the UK, rich pigmented shades at a really affordable price, and of course, as with all of our stocked brands, Milani are cruelty free, with many products being vegan.

Foundation and Concealer

Foundation and Concealer

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

When it comes to foundation, the world is your oyster. There are many different formats on the market from loose and pressed powders, solid sticks of product, liquids, creams and even gel hybrids. But then there are different finishes, do you want matte, do you want to keep some glow to your skin, if so how much? And then there’s the issue of buying the right shade. Get it wrong and you risk looking ghostly or worse, the dreaded tide mark along the jaw line! As a guide, it’s good to know if your skin is cool or warm toned. There are several ways to tell but perhaps the easiest is by looking at the veins in your wrist. If they appear greenish you are warm toned, and if they are bluish you are cool toned. Cool toned ladies should look for pink based foundations whereas warm toned ladies should look for yellow toned foundations. If you are really unsure then look for a neutral foundation shade. That is, one that is evenly balanced and is neither pink nor yellow toned. Think about the sort of finish you are looking for. Generally, if your skin is oily then a matte foundation will be more suitable, helping to keep shiny patches at bay for longer, while everyone else can opt for something a little more glowy. We stock a wide range of foundations, but especially helpful for those unsure about which shade to opt for are the brands that offer foundation samples. Such as Lily Lolo and Illuminaire. The illuminaire Trial Foundation pack contains 9 foundation samples which includes three different finishes and three of their most popular shades, or you can opt for single samples. Lily Lolo offer samples sizes of all their foundations. Also available are Everyday Minerals Starter Kits that include a Cool, Warm and Neutral mineral foundations along with a finishing powder and kabuki brush for application. Concealers also come in a variety of formats but the key is to pick a format that matches your foundation, so if you are wearing a powder foundation, use a powder concealer. Concelaers aren't just forcovering up dark circles or blemishes, you can also chosse coloured concelaers to cover other issues, such as redness or sallowness. Green concealers help to correct redness, whilst yellow helps to conceal and brighten dark circles. Peach shades help to neutralise blue tones in the skin and lilacs can help to neutralise yellowness. If trying to match up your foundation and your concealer seems too much of a task you can opt for a product that does the matching for you such as Daniel Sandler’s Invisible Radiance Foundation. It’s a light foundation with a dewy finish that comes with a cream concealer hidden away in the lid. Whichever shade, finish and format you decide on don’t forget your primer which will help to keep your make up in place all day and provide a lovely smooth canvas for your new products to look and feel their best.

Spot Light on Daniel Sandler

Spot Light on Daniel Sandler

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

Daniel Sandler has been a makeup artist for over 25 years and has firmly established himself as a leader in his field with his skill, knowledge and talent. As an artist he has worked worldwide with high profile photographs and designers, including Tom Ford for Gucci and Tommy Hilfiger and has worked with numerous celebrity clients, such as Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Yasmin Le Bon, & Jade Jagger. It was only a matter of time before he launched his own makeup range and it’s a truly comprehensive, high quality brand. As a makeup artist the thinking behind his collection is to simplify the process of choosing cosmetics based on your colouring, ease of use and focusing on enhancing natural beauty and flattering your assets. With formulas that have are easy to apply and wear, and high quality ingredients, it’s no surprise that the range is an award winning range. There have been Cosmo Awards for Best Blusher and Best Brushes and a CEW award for the lipsticks. T he range contains everything you need, but is compact. This is in part thanks to several multi use products, but also thanks to paring the line down to high quality products you can use day in, day out. The stand out product of the range is the Watercolour Fluid Blusher. Available in 19 shades they are extremely liquid, buildable, radiant and easy to apply and blend. Also worthy of a special mention are the Eye Shadow Palettes. Each containing four shadows in a variety of finishes, from matte to glitter, there is literally something for everyone. Finally with Matte lipsticks being the look these days, we couldn’t not mention his Luxury Matte Lipsticks. Having taken the blogging world by storm, these non-drying (thanks to Shea Butter, Illipe Butter and hyaluronic acid amongst other moisturising ingredients) matte lipsticks come in a range of beautiful shades from the hot pink Gigi, classic red Red Carpet to the classic nude shade, Nouveau. The products mentioned above are just a small sample of the entire range and we’d recommend taking a look to see what’s on offer. With prices starting at £9.25 for the excellent Velvet Waterproof eye Liners and going up to £28 for the Invisible Radiance Foundation and Concealer and the Eye Shadow Palettes. If you are looking for application tips and guides to application, or to see the products in use, then it’s worth spending some time looking at Daniel’s You Tube channel  where you can see him applying many of the products from his range. In addition, he is always approachable on Social Media, and welcomes questions and contacts on Twitter meaning if you’re not sure which colour to plump for, or you can’t apply a product correctly you can ask him here

Spring Trend Products

Spring Trend Products

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

We recently posted here on the blog about the cosmetic trends seen on the catwalks for Spring/Summer this year. For this and the next blog post, we’re going to talk about the products we stock that can help you achieve some of the more wearable looks. The Red Lip The red lip never goes out of fashion, timeless and classic, it featured heavily on the runways. Berry shades, orange hues and true classic red were all worn so here are some of our top picks to get runway ready lips. For a true red, try the beautiful Gerard Cosmetics Fire Engine Red Lipstick (£12.50). If you’re looking for a matte red, then look no further than Jeffree Star Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Redrum (£13) which promises to dry completely matte and last for hours. If an orange toned red is more your cup of tea, try Milani’s Color Statement Lipstick in High Voltage (£5), incredible with a tan. Finally, if you prefer a sheer, or more muted finish, try a lip gloss such as NYX Butter Gloss in Cherry Pie or a tinted balm such as Everyday Minerals Tinted Lip Butter in Honey Rose Elixir. It’s worth mentioning, that most red, traditional lipstick formulas can be blotted down with tissue to give more of a natural, stained effect as seen on the Topshop Unique and Dolce & Gabbana catwalks. Purple Purple was seen all over the catwalks, in every possible shade, from lilacs through to rich deep shades, both on lips and eyes. Purple lip shades aren’t easy to come by, but if you fancy giving this look a try, look no further than Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics who offer various shades in their innovated Lip Tar formula (£13). Roller girl is a vivid lavender purple, Hoochie is described as a vibrant magenta, but definitely has a hint of purple to it, while Lydia is a soft mauve. If you’re looking to wear purple on your eyes then there is much more choice available to you. In terms of eye liners, there are several. NYX Cosmetics Slide on Eye Pencils are currently on offer at £3 each and offer Pretty Violet and Purple Blaze while Sigma’s Extended Wear Eye Liner Pencils (£7.50 offer Electrify for a true vibrant purple as well as Declare, a soft berry/mauve shade for a less vibrant effect. When it comes to Eye Shadows, then there are many offerings, from OCC’s Colour Concentrate Pigment (£9.50) in Overlook or their Pure Cosmetic Pigment (£9.95) in Magenta, to Sugarpill’s Loose Eyeshadow Pigment in Strangeling (£9.95) to Everyday Minerals Shimmer Eye Colour in Art Girl for loose powder eyeshadows. Moving onto pressed eye shadows, options include the Violet Voss Pan Eye Shadow in Patty (£5.95) which is a matte rich purple, or the Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in Poison Plum (£8.95) which is a dramatic purple, or Frostine from the Sparkle Baby Collection which is a light lilac with shimmer for a pretty spring look.

Kissable Lips

Kissable Lips

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

It’s winter! The air is cold, the wind is harsh, the central heating is on…all of these things can contribute to dry chapped lips. Here’s are our top tips for getting your lips back to their soft, kissable best. Step One: up your fluid intake. Water hydrates and dry lips can be a sure sign you’re not getting enough! Step Two: When your lips are dry and flaky, we have a tendency to pick, gnaw or lick them more often. None of those things are good for dry lips and will make them dryer. Stop that behaviour right now! Step Three: Exfoliate. When exfoliating your lips you need to go gently but there are several options available to you. You can make your own lip scrub using honey, sugar and olive oil. Rub the mixture onto your lips and leave it for a few minutes to soak, before gently wiping away. Alternatively there are pre-made lip scrubs available, such as the Glo Minerals gloExfoliating Lip Wand. A top tip though is to use an old, soft, toothbrush to gently brush over your lips in circular motions to help keep them soft and to remove flakes and dead skin. Step Four: Lip Balms. There are many lip balms on the market but a good starting place is good old Vaseline on the lips every night, then use a thinner product for everyday use. Shea and Cocoa Butter are great ingredients to look out for and the EOS range is perfect. All formulated with Shea Butter and Vitamin E. Apply every morning before your lip colour product. This is a particularly important step if you’re wearing a matte lip colour or lip stain, both of which are known for their ability to show every patch of dryness on your lips! Step Five: The final step, if you’re particularly prone to dry lips, is to make sure the lipstick or gloss you wear is particularly formulated to be moisturising. Reach for either something like the Everyday Minerals Tinted Lip Butter, which provides a sheer tint, or reach for a moisturising Lipstick. The Neve Cosmetics Dessert a Levres lipsticks are not only deliciously named after a range of sweet treats but are made with vegetable oils and shea butter to keep your lips super soft. If you follow these steps every day you should have a perfectly kissable pout in no time at all. Just remember, drink lots of water and then add lots and lots of luscious moisturising ingredients every morning and every night.

Forever Living Relaxation Massage Lotion

by Simon Hilton @ Forever Living Products UK

Relaxation Massage Lotion from Forever Living Products Combining the soothing and conditioning benefits of aloe vera and white tea with rich oils of lavender, bergamot and sunflower seed, the rich Relaxation Massage Lotion is the perfect way to finish your Aroma Spa at home experience. The Relaxation Massage Lotion can be purchased alone or as […]

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Handbag Essentials

Handbag Essentials

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

Here at Cocktail Cosmetics, we’re not just all about the make up, we’re also all about the practical and the handy too. Products that make your life easier and offer convenience too, some of those just happen to be cosmetics too! So, here are some of our top handbag essentials, the tools and products that we think are perfect for carrying around in your hand bag for your touch ups and beauty emergencies. Starting with a mirror. The Eye of Horus Mirror Double Sided Magnifying mirror is the ideal compact mirror, containing two sides, a standard mirror and a magnifying mirror, and as it’s in our sale, it’s a steal at £5.00. Pro Hygiene Hand Sanitizing Gel (100ml £3) to kill 99.99% of bacteria within 60 seconds, this is ideal for clean hands when soap and water aren’t available. Tweezers are handy for so many things, not just removing hair, so we’d recommend always popping some in your handbag. The Neve Ergonomic Tweezers are available in Black or Lilac and have a silicone grip. £3.95 Blotting paper is ideal for on the go removal of pesky shine! Our blotting papers come in packs of 100 and are available in either a white or black travel pouch. £2.95. Perfect for every handbag. A travel make up brush set can be an ideal purchase for the roomier handbag. The Morphe 7 piece Rose Brush Set (£24.95) includes travel sizes of every brush you might need, in a convenient carrying tube. No one likes dry lips and EOS lip balms are incredibly popular. These little spheres of balm are loaded with nourishing ingredients such as Vitamin E and shea butter and they come in nine appetizing flavours. Strawberry Sorbet, Orange Zest, Summer Fruit, Lemon Drop, Pomegranate Raspberry, Honeysuckle Honeydew, Blueberry Acai, Sweet Mint and Barbados Heat Wildberry. They are £5.95 each. A concealer is a must and the LA Girl USA Pro Concealer is crease resistant, long wearing but remarkably lightweight on the skin. It comes in a large range of shades making finding a match a breeze. They are £5.00 each. A multi use cosmetic product is handy as it means only carrying one product in place of several and the OCC Crème Colour Concentrates are perfect. Grandma is a great shade, a classic coral, making it perfect for lips or cheeks and even eyes. The colour is buildable and smooth and best of all, every shade is in our sale and priced at £9.95.  A make up bag is perfect for keeping everything together and our Cosmetic Bag with Natural trim is both practical and affordable. Available in three sizes, with prices starting at £6.95, this zip top make up bag is opaque on one size and clear on the other, meaning you can see at a glance what’s inside.

Saturday Night Make Up

Saturday Night Make Up

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

It’s Saturday, you’ve got your hair done, you’ve got your outfit planned, all that remains is to sort out your make up and then it’s time to hit the town. If this is the part where you come unstuck, let us guide you through a make up look that suits everyone, offers appropriate levels of glam and we’ll even suggest some products we stock that will help achieve the look. The first step is to get your base right. Opt for something that has a long wear time. Bars and clubs can be hot and sweaty, and no one wants to carry foundation around on a night out, so choose something that lasts. Illuminare Mattifying Ultimate All Day Foundation is ideal, it’s water resistant as well as smudge and sweat proof. £21.95. Add your favourite concealer as where required. Next add some definition to your face shape with highlighting and contouring. Daniel Sandlers Sculpt and Slim compact is ideal as it contains both a highlighter and a contouring shade. £24.50. Highlight cheekbones, down the centre of the nose, and the middle of the chin, you can also add a touch to your cupid’s bow to enhance your pout. Add your contouring product in the hollows of your cheeks, temples, along your jaw line if necessary and down the sides of your nose if you wish to make your nose appear slimmer! Next, fill in your brows with your usual brow product but for extra oomph use a highlighting concealer under and over your brows, blending if necessary. Pencils are ideal for this job, try the Milani Brow and Eye Highlighter which comes in three variations for all skin tones. £5.95. Moving onto the eyes now, start by lining both the upper and lower waterlines using a black pencil. Then add the black liner above and below the lashes, smudging out with a brush for a smoky effect. Try the Daniel Sandler Velvet Waterproof Eye Liner in Black. £9.25. Take your main eyeshadow colour, for the purpose of this review we’ll use Sugarpill’s Subterranean, a beautiful deep, shimmering teal. Blend over the eyelid. Take a black shadow and a crease brush, such as the Sigma E38 Diffused Crease Brush is ideal. Add the black to the outer corner and crease of the eyelid and blend out for a smoky look. Add a touch of shimmer to the inner corners of the eyes, Everyday Minerals Eye Selection in Floating Feathers is ideal. Finish up with lashings of black mascara, and at this stage you can add false lashes if you wish. Then we’re onto the lips which really is down to personal choice, line with your lip liner of choice, and then apply all over the lips to enhance the longevity of your lipstick as well as provide a colour underneath should your lipstick or lip gloss wear off. Milani’s Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss in Blackberry would look fantastic with the smoky eyes you created. Finish the whole look off with a spritz of Neve Cosmetics Fixing Spray which can be used to set your make up so it’ll last all night long. £7.95.

OCC Spring Collections

OCC Spring Collections

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We all love Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and their cult lip tars! Take a sneak peak at the new six lip tars being released early February 2014.. We're happy to introduce you to POOL BOY: Aquatic Blue (Matte) ROLLERGIRL: Vibrant Lavender Purple (Matte) MANNEQUIN: Malibu Pink (Matte) KIMBER: Neon Coral (Matte) HOLLYWOOD: Champagne Gold Shimmer (Metallic) PLEASURE MODEL: Pink-Toned Pearl (Metallic) Don't they look gorgeous?   OCC are also releasing a brand new product - the cosmetic colour pencil - available in 12 shades Suitable for use on the lip, body and eye (not recommended for use in the immediate eye area) these pencils are long wearing and 100% vegan. Also launching Spring 2014 We're confident these will be a huge hit!!  

11 best mineral foundations

11 best mineral foundations


The Independent

Since American brand bareMinerals first entered the cosmetic-consciousness on daytime telly infomercials, hoards of women have been taking to the internet and effusing to friends and family, sharing their stories of “conversion”. In theory, mineral foundations are great: natural, non-comedogenic and potentially problem-solving for sensitive or break-out prone skin. But they’re also super-noticeable when they’re wrong: cakey, drying and accentuating pores, fine lines and flakey patches – and downright messy to apply.

Become a Bronzed Goddess

Become a Bronzed Goddess

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So we're in the middle of February and missing the lovely sunshine! If you're like me you'll be getting paler by the day!       Everyday Minerals have some lovely vegan products to put the colour back in your life!      Step 1 - For a natural glamorously sun kissed look one of Everyday Minerals three shades of bronzer is all you need. Choose the shade best suited to your skin type. Soft bronzer is a lighter, translucent product specifically designed for those with fair to light skin. Everyday bronzer is a medium tan shade and finally Happiness bronzer is the boldest bronze. Step 2 - It is important that you wait at least 10 minutes after applying your morning moisturisor before starting the bronzing process. When your skin is still dewy or moist, the bronzer will not apply evenly and will become patchy. Ensure your skin in dry before you begin. Dry skin equals beautiful coverage. Step 3 - Once you've chosen your shade, tap the minerals into the lid of your bronzer - remember less is more and you can always add later. Swirl a medium sized brush through the mineral bronzer, tapping off any excess before applying to skin. Step 4 - Apply to places where the sun would naturally kiss your skin such as your forehead, bridge of your nose and chin. Make sure you blend evenly along the jaw line extending down onto the neck and decolletage. Step 5 - Once you are happy with the application, set your look with a translucent finishing powder - this will leave you with a flawless matte finish and provide you with shine free skin all day. Step 6 - Flaunt your tan to the world. What could be easier? Do you have a fool proof bronzing routine? What are your favourite products?

A/W Trends

A/W Trends

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

Each season we bring you a look at what the catwalks are predicting will be the biggest cosmetic trends, along with a few product suggestions to help you get the look. Actually, for Autumn/Winter 2015, the trends are very similar to those seen for Spring/Summer with a few subtle differences. Read on to find out more! Skin There are three key looks looming for Autumn/Winter, but the emphasis for all of them is on a natural look. Heavy foundation was nowhere to be seen but the following looks were everywhere. Glowing skin. Balmain, Gucci, Donna Karan and Valentino’s models all featured dewy, flawless glowing skin. To get your own glow on, try a powder designed for this purpose such as the Violet Voss HD Illuminating Powder £9.95 Bronzed skin, Moschino, Matthew Williamson and Michael Kors catwalks all included models that were bronzed to perfection. The emphasis being on a natural looking bronze. Try the Daniel Sandler Instant Tan £22.50. Outdoors skin, Prada and Topshop Unique models again focused on a natural look, but this time the emphasis was on flushed cheeks and freckles with a sheer base. Try a sweep of Milani’s Rose Blush in American Beauty £7.95 Blush Chanel featured heavy blusher, coordinated to match lips, particularly in shades of cherry pink and red. Try the Neve Cosmetics Blush Palette £21.95 to cover all blusher needs. Eyes Autumn/Winter 2015 trends favour eyes while lips take a back seat. Graphic Liner, Fendi and Oscar De La Renta models sported bold, black eye liner.   Heavy kohl, Versace and Roberto Cavalli took a softer option with lashings of black kohl worn all around the eye, and the Neve Cosmetics Pastello Eye Liner Pencil in Black £3.95, is perfect. Earth toned eyes, Burberry and Anna Sui models wore beautiful autumnal earth toned eyes and if this is the look you’re wanting to create, the Viseart Sultry Muse Eye Shadow Palette 05 £59.95 will meet all your needs. Green metallic, tying in with the earth tones, Versace used varying shades of green eyeshadow on their models, from olives, to teals to lime greens, all of which were metallic. Try Everyday Minerals Shimmer Eye Colour in New Leaf (£5.95) for a wearable look. Lips Autumn/Winter 2015 will see bright lips take a back seat while nude shades and naked lips will be everywhere. Nude lips were done to perfection by Burberry and Diane von Furstenberg, for a matte take on this look, try Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte lip colour in Aphrodite £13.00. Black lips, Giles went for a touch of gothic glamour with black lips. Try the OCC Lip Tar in Pagan, for a nearly black look. Fuchsia lips, Giorgio Armani were one of the few fashion houses to showcase vibrant lipstick, and Aromi Beauty’s Pink Peonies Matte Liquid Lipstick £13.00 is a near perfect match for the shade they used.

Spotlight on Ben Nye

Spotlight on Ben Nye

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

Benjamin Emmet “Ben” Nye Sr was an American make up artist in Hollywood for many years, from the 1930’s to the early 1980’s. He worked on over five hundred Hollywood films including classics such as Gone with the Wind, Planet of the Apes and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. When he retired in 1967 the Ben Nye Makeup Company began and the current CEO is Ben Nye’s son Dana. The range is first and foremost created and aimed at professional make up artists and have been created using the family’s broad experience in the industry but it was only a matter of time that the word started to spread about the brand and their high quality products. In part we can thank Kim Kardashian who is a fan of the products, in particular the powders, and when Mario D., Kim’s make up artist, set his famous contour and highlighted look with Ben Nye’s Banana Powder, it flew off the shelves. Indeed the powders are well worth looking into and we stock several. The Luxury powders are micro-milled and silky smooth while the Mojave Luxury Powders are the same finish but warmer, for olive tones. All of the luxury powders are designed to set foundation, reduce shine as well as enhance the skin without adding ashy tone. For the Luxury Powders, each is translucent but with just a hint of colour. We also The MediaPro HD Matte Powder is totally translucent and as light as air. We also stock the range of Crème Cheek Rouge. These multi use products are amazing value, weighing in at a hefty 7g far bigger than similar products from other brands. These gorgeous crème blushes can be used on top of foundation, or under foundation, they can be used as a primer for your powder blusher, or even as a stain for your lips, well worth adding to your kit. We also stock several professional grade palettes. The Glam Eyeshadow palette offers 12 wearable shades, each is matte and each is highly pigmented. Once again it’s worth noting the size of the pans, at 3.5g each pan is considerably larger than most well-known brands available. The Fashion Rouge Palette holds eight shades of blush as well as contouring shades, again each shade is matte but not lacking in glow, in addition the palette is refillable. The Lumiere Grande Brilliant Powder once again features the large 3.5g shades. This time however the shades are vibrant, shimmery and luminescent, this is a palette for anyone who love colour for the job that demands vibrancy. The final palette we offer is the MediaPro HD Poudre Palette in Bella. This palette features 8 shade of pressed powders in the same range of colours as the Luxury loose powders. With finely milled powders in a refillable palette, you can contour, highlight, or finish your own or your clients make up with ease. The history of the Ben Nye brand speaks for itself, when a brand has been around for this long, they are doing something right.

It's in the eyes

It's in the eyes

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Making the most of your eyes with make up can change the way you look completely so here are our tips for getting those peepers looking their best! Prepare the eye area with a good eye cream. 100% Pure Organic Cucumber Eye Cream soothes, calms and moisturises and so makes the prefect prep for your make up. Do leave it to absorb for a few minutes before moving on to the next steps. Primer! In the same way that we recommend you use a primer under your foundation, using a primer under your eye make up will work wonders, helping you to keep your colours true and bright and helping your make up stay put all day, with little or no creasing or fading. The NYX Eye Shadow Primer Base comes in three shades for different effects. Use the skintone shade when opting for a natural shadow look.The white will make colours really pop and the white pearl will help add a bit of extra dimension to your eye shadows. Speaking of eye shadows now’s the time to apply them. They come in all sorts of formulas and finishes, so just pick whichever appeals the most to you, be it a matte pressed powder shadow or a shimmering cream. And then there are colours to consider! If you’re feeling bold then head straight for Sugarpill, the most wonderful array of colours that are so packed with pigment you won’t be disappointed. If the natural look is more your thing take a look at the Everyday Minerals Matte Eye colours. Either go for a wash of one shade for a subtle look or start blending several shades together for extra dimension. Then it’s time for your Liner. Available in gel, pencil or liquid formulas, again it’s up to you which you choose. Liquids and Gels tend to be more pigmented for clear defined lines and pencils best for a softer look and for blending. You can even make your own from your favourite colour eye shadow using Neve Cosmetics Eye Mixing Medium. Where you apply your eye liner is again, entirely up to you and is down to preference. Whether you go along your upper lashes, or along your upper and lower lashes or even on the waterline is entirely up to you, just experiment with application and get a feel for which look you prefer. So you’ve perfected your look, now all that’s needed is a good mascara to bring it all together. Without mascara, your lashes can tend to look invisible against a backdrop of eye shadow, so primarily mascara defines the lashes. But of course you can choose lengthening mascaras, volumising mascaras or even curling mascaras, whichever you choose, apply carefully and you’ll find it makes all the difference to your finished look.

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Organic Vegan Make Up | United Kingdom | Bohemian Chic Minerals


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New Products for July: Mineral Eyeliner & Illuminating Highlighter

by Diane Dale @ NCInc.

We are pleased to announce the addition of two new products to the NCINC range today! We have added a black mineral eyeliner powder, perfect for adding the finishing touches to your makeup. We also have added our first highlighter, a white illuminating powder to accentuate your features and add the slightest touch of shimmer ...

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Must Haves

Must Haves

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We spend a lot of time here talking about cosmetics and techniques, but it’s about time the supporting cast had a mention, these are the accessories and products that we take for granted, but can’t imagine how we lived without for so long! Starting with the humble make up bag. The Cosmetic Bag with Rope Handle is a clear vinyl make up bag, making it quick and easy to find what you’re looking for without having to rummage. It’s the perfect size for transporting your daily essentials around and great for using in hand luggage when flying. We’d also not be without our Black 9 Pocket Brush Roll. This is made from cotton and hemp and rolls up to a compact size, keeping your brushes safe while travelling. Speaking of brushes, the Brush Guard comes in five different sizes, Shadow/Liner, Variety, Blush, Medium Foundation and Large Powder/kabuki. Each pack contains several brush guards. These are breathable, stretchy guards tubes that fit over your brushes, keeping the bristles in place, either after washing or when travelling. Handy! Blotting Papers in a Pouch. Perfect for your handbag, dab where needed to eliminate shine! The humble sharpener. It can’t just be any sharpener though, you need a sharpener such as the Japonesque Dual Pro Cosmetic Sharpener which can fit a standard pencil, but also a chubby style pencil, and if you’re on the move, the shavings are kept safely inside until you can get to a bin. Now you may not think these are essentials but having a selection of disposable Short Head Mascara Wands makes a breeze of keeping lashes and brows groomed once you’ve applied your products. Perfect. A spot Brush Cleaner, such as Cozzette’s Aromatherapy Brush Cleaner makes moving from one colour to another with the same brush, a breeze. Simply spray on a bit of tissue, wipe the brush over the damp tissue, give it a few seconds to dry and off you go. Lip Balms and butters are essentials for keeping your lips in tip top condition, Keep one on your bedside table, one in your handbag and one on your desk. There’s a wealth of ingredients and flavours to choose from but our favourites are the classic Smith’s Rosebud Salve and all of the delicious eos lip balms. If you like a tint of colour as well as nourishing formula the Everyday minerals Tinted Lip Butter’s are perfect. Eyeshadow primer, such as the NYX Eye Shadow Primer Base, will help make the most of the pigment in your eyeshadow as well as keeping your make up crease free and in place all day long. Our final must have is a great quality hand cream, and we love the eos Hand Lotion which comes in either Berry Blossom or Cucumber. The lotion will help keep your hands soft and supple and is fast absorbing, meaning you won’t be left with greasy hands after using!

Essential Brushes

Essential Brushes

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It is possible, and many do, go their entire lives without owning a make up brush, preferring to apply cosmetics with fingers while there is no problem with this, when it comes to cosmetic application, tools can really make all the difference. If you’re looking to invest in brushes, the choices can be dazzling, with so many brushes for each purpose it can be difficult to narrow the list down. This is our guide to the brushes every starter set should include, and some suggestions of brands to look at. Foundation Brush A foundation brush can make or break the finish of your foundation but before purchasing you need to consider a couple of things. Firstly, if you use a liquid foundation, synthetic brushes are ideal, while traditionally, natural bristles are better for powder products and secondly, there are several shapes of foundation brush, with the two main types being the flat top brush and the more traditional flat, paint brush style. Which you choose is a question of personal preference, but if you prefer a flat top, buffer style, then take a look at either the Everyday Minerals Flat Top Brush (£10.95) which is ideal for powder foundations, or the Morphe G6 Flat Buffer Brush (£11.95) which is idea for flawlessly buffing out cream or liquid products. If you prefer the more traditional style of foundation brush, then try the Makeup Addiction Traditional Painter Brush (£12.00) or the OCC Vegan Foundation Brush (£16.95). Powder Brush A powder brush is essential for a natural even finish and you want to look for something soft, round and large. Take a look at the Sigma F30 large Powder Brush (£24.50) or something a little cheaper, try the Morphe E2 Round Powder Brush (£16.95). Blush Brush A blusher brush should be rounded and fluffy, this allows you to build up your colour. Take a look at the Neve Cosmetics Duo Fibre Blush Brush (£9.95) and the Makeup Addiction Blush Brush (£12.00). Eye Shadow Shader Brush and Eye Shadow Blending Brush When it comes to eye shadow brushes, the choices can be dizzying. For a starter kit there are two brushes that would be ideal. The first a simple shader brush for applying the colour, the second a brush to blend. The Neve Cosmetics Azure Shadow Brush (£8.50) is and affordable and effective brush for applying your eyeshadows, while the equally affordable Everyday Minerals Eye Blending Brush (£5.95) will allow to blend your shadows together, while making sure there are no harsh lines. Eye Liner Brush The final brush we’ve chosen as being essential for a starter kit is an angled eye liner brush. There are several types of eye liner brushes available, waterline liners, fine pointed liners, bent liner brushes and of course the angled eyeliner brush. Suitable for use with powder, gel or cream finishes these can also double up as brow brushes, meaning you don’t have to buy two brushes. Take a look at the Neve Cosmetics Yellow Eye Liner Brush (£7.50) and the Morphe G11 Gun Metal Angle Liner Brush. All of the brushes mentioned above will form the basis of a fantastic kit with which to apply your make up, which as you become familiar with the types of brushes available, you can add to at any time.

Safe Beauty

Safe Beauty

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Germs and bacteria can easily be spread from your cosmetic brushes all over your face every time you us them. This can cause your skin to become irritated and cause rashes and spots. They can even cause eye infections such as conjunctivitis that can be spread very easily. You should be regularly cleaning your brushes or you should consider disposable cosmetic brushes, applicators and sponges. Disposables are used only once and then you throw them away. This significantly reduces the risk of spreading bacteria, germs and infections. Damp brushes and applicators and sponges can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Some great disposable cosmetic products you should consider using include: Sponges – come in a variety of shapes making them good for applying makeup in all areas. They are great for applying liquid foundation and crème blushers. Mascara wands and eye liner applicators – help reduce the risk of eye infections. The wands come in all shapes and sizes. Lip brushes – can prevent highly infectious cold sores being spread. Spatulas - can be used to get cosmetics out of bottles without you having to touch the product with your fingers and spreading germs. It is ideal for getting foundation out of the bottle. Where possible try to use pump action bottles. It will reduce the risk of cross infection. Be sure to clean the pump regularly with alcohol wipes or antibacterial wipes. Cotton buds - are great for removing any mistakes such as smudged mascara. They are also handy for blending eye shadow and eyeliner. Eye shadow brushes – these are the same size and shape as non-disposable. Great for stopping the spread of infection around the very sensitive eye area. Other ways to reduce the spread of infection Never share your cosmetics and cosmetic applicators with anyone. This is a really quick way to spread and catch germs and infections. Especially highly contagious ones like cold sores and conjunctivitis. Next time your friend asks to borrow your lip gloss, kindly say no. Wash your hands before and after applying makeup or other cosmetics. Use disposable face wipes to remove your makeup. Imagine how much bacteria is in a flannel and multiplying by the second. Also use disposable pads if you are using a toner on your face or you want to remove eye makeup. Don’t leave any cosmetics or cosmetic tools near heat or in a damp place.  Heat plus moisture makes bacteria multiply at a very fast rate. Throw away your mascaras and eyeliners 3 months after opening and six months for all other products unless specified on the packaging. If you have a fungal nail infection the throw your nail polish away immediately. It’s also best that you never share someone else nail polish in case they have an infection too. Clean wherever you store your cosmetics and cosmetic applicators on a regular basis with disposable antibacterial wipes. Tip Where possible use disposable products that can be recycled. Many disposable applicators are made of plastic which can be widely recycled.

Be a Smouldering Ice Queen this winter

by Aubergine 262 @ Barefaced Beauty

Melt a few hearts this winter and raise a few temperatures with your glowing skin and smouldering smokey eyes. Here’s how to get the look: Francesca is wearing: Foundation – Promise, Blusher – Aphrodite, Eye Shadow – Black Slate & … Continue reading

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Vintage Beauty

Vintage Beauty

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Some looks are timeless, they never go out of date and the vintage Pin Up look is the most enduring of them all. Worn by icons such as Marilyn Monroe, to Dita Von Teese today, the classic red lip and feline flick combination never dates and exudes glamour. For the true Vintage fan, this will be a daily look, whilst for others this is a look for special occasions but it is a look that suits pretty much everyone. In order to create this look there are four main areas of focus. Brows, lips eyelashes and base. Starting with your base, matte is preferable, but not essential. Whilst we are not all blessed with perfect skin, having a perfect base is an important step for this look. Looking ultra groomed is key. Apply your foundation, and conceal any blemishes using your usual products. The next step is eyeshadow. The focus for the eyes is the winged liner so eyeshadow should be soft and simple. Choose a champagne or light shimmery shadow to open up the eyes and apply all over the lids. Then choose a soft mid brown and apply to the crease only, making sure to thoroughly blend. Next we want to fill in and enhance the brows. Comb them through and then apply your chosen brow product. We would recommend a brow powder or eyeshadow applied with a fine angled brush for absolute precision. Now it’s time to apply the flicked/winged/cat eye liner. A liquid liner is the most effective for this look. Getting a perfect flick can take some practice, but a useful tip is to use a sticky note from the corner of your eye into your hair line and use this as the basis for your flick. The Eye of Horus Liquid Define Eye Liner is perfect as it dries fast and lasts all day. False lashes might not be best for every day wear (but if you want to, why not!) but for a special occasion or a night out, these will really enhance the look. Applying false lashes can take practice and time, but once you’ve got the technique you’ll be flying. Gently apply a small amount of glue along the length of the lashes and let it dry for about 20-30 second before applying the lashes to your eye. Next apply some blusher. For day time, opt for a natural hue, for evening, bright pink is fabulous. The defining touch for a true vintage pin up girl look is the red lipstick. Choose a shade that suits your skin tone, but make sure it’s an unmissable shade. Line carefully with a red lip liner and apply the lipstick with a brush for absolutely precision. For a matte look, try NYX Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Pure Red, and for a more classic finish, try Lime Crime Candyfuture Lipstick in Glamour 101. Get ready to wiggle those hips and flutter those lashes, the lady is a vamp

About Face

About Face

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Many of us are in search of perfect skin and even some of those blessed with a flawless face feel the need to use base products from time to time to enhance or to cover up imperfections. For those of use with less than perfect skin getting your base right will conceal blemishes and imperfections, control your shine, enhance your radiance and provide the perfect base for the rest of your make up. In order to fake a flawless face, start with a primer. There are all sorts of primers on the market but the main purpose of a primer is to help your foundation stay put all day and to start disguising those blemishes. We love the NYX Cosmetics Studio Perfect Primers. There are several to choose from, clear for fine lines and large pores, lavender for brightening and illuminating and green to reduce redness. Any primer you do use should provide the perfect canvas for your next step, foundation. With so many foundations on the market it can be hard to know where to start. We’d recommend working out sort of finish you’d like to begin with. Radiant? Matte? Somewhere in between? And then have a think about the kind of coverage you’d like. Full? Medium? Light? And then finally decide which type of formula you’d prefer, be it a powder or a cream, or even these days, gel finishes. Some of our favourites include the Lily Lolo Mineral foundation which comes in a great range of shades. It’s a loose powder foundation with SPF 15 that you buff into the skin with kabuki brush and the coverage can easily be cusomised. We also love the Illuminare Moisturizing (Fantastic Finish) mineral foundation which is a more dewy finish that moisturises and hydrates whilst giving you a lovely soft luminous finish. Once you’ve chosen and applied your perfect base it’s time to get concealing those imperfections and blemishes. You want something that is full coverage, highly blendable and long wearing. Again, you can go with a mineral powder product or a cream product and it’ll come down entirely to your preference. Apply with a small precise concealer brush. The ecoTools Deluxe Concealer brush is excellent, the cruelty free synthetic bristles pick up just the right amount of product and place it where needed with ease. Once you’ve perfected your base with your foundation and concealer you should set it with powder. Long gone are the days where women caked powder on their faces and powdered look was desirable, these days we want a powder that sets our make up imperceptibly. Unless we add a powder that gives a desire effect, such as adding glow, or mattifying, either way, we still want our powder to be barely there. Whichever you choose, pick a large fluffy brush and apply very sparingly. Apply far less than you think you need and if possible, just keep it to the t-zone,that is your forehead, nose and chin. It should keep the dreaded shine at bay and help that flawless face stay flawless all day.

New Products!

New Products!

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We’re excited to welcome some exclusive new products to Cocktail Cosmetics including:   Vegan friendly make up from Alexami, an Australian mineral brand, with stunning packaging. Each foundation and blush is made from a light-weight formula allowing skin to breathe but still gives you a flawless and glowing complexion.         Fashion forward make up from Fevour cosmetics. Fevour’s gorgeous eye shades and lipsticks are all about superior performance and the finest grade products; the Peta- approved brand carries a range of universally flattering colours in versatile textures for both the hip and mature, from subtle colours to dramatic bold shades.       Egyptian inspired range, Eye of Horus, is a beautiful range of eye make up naturally formulated in the style of ancient Egyptians containing plant based ingredients and waxes including Carnauba Wax, Beeswax, Rice Bran Wax and Cendella Wax.           For a limited time only buy an Eye of Horus pencil and receive a FREE sharpener. First five orders of Fevour will receive a FREE pressed eye shadow in bronze.    

Trends A/W 2016

Trends A/W 2016

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It’s never too soon to look forward and see what the strongest beauty looks are for later in the year and from the catwalks this year it’s clear that Autumn/Winter 2016 will bring some very strong, very wearable beauty looks, including a return to gloss and sparkle! Starting with perhaps the most wearable of all. Glossy lips. Could it be that the matte lip, which has reigned supreme for a couple of years now, is on the way out? Certainly Dior, Louis Vuitton and Max Mara think so. High gloss lips were all the rage, in a variety of hues. We stock a huge range of Lip Glosses but be sure to check out Gerard Cosmetics Lighted Lip Glosses which are £9.95 and come in a large range of shades. Also worth a look are the Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Glosses at £5 each, again in a variety of shades in both cream and shimmer finishes. The big trend was blackcurrant lips. Seen on the Rodarte, Marnie and Erdem. Think of the deepest darkest berry shades you can. Dior and Louis Vuitton added gloss for a lacquered look. Products to check out include Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Cherry Cordial (£9.95), Aromi Beauty Vamptastic Plum Matte Liquid Lipstick (£13.00), LA Splash Lip Couture in Manevolent (£9.95) as well as Beauty Bakeri’s Lip Whip in She’s Just Jelly (£15.95). For Autumn and Winter 2016, skin is illuminated. Many of the fashion houses featured glowing skin with Valentino adding powder highlight on cheekbones, eyelids and the cupids bow. The Gerard Cosmetics Star Powders (£19.95 each) come in a range of shades for highlighting and will give you that glam glow. Not for the first time, Graphic Liner featured heavily on the catwalks, in particular at the Kenzo and Oscar de la Renta shows. Graphic liner means using crisp lines to create a look that is more striking and unusual than the classic winged look. It could be drawing the shape of a wing but not filling it in, or it could be placing lines in unusual places. Whatever your imagination can conjure, but keep it simple, avoid swirls and whirls and keep lines crisp and minimal. Try the Milani Eye Tech Liquid Eye Liner (£6.00) for precise application. Another strong look, featured by Carven, Dior and Nina Ricci was lashes, Twiggy Style. Think doll like and exaggerated. The easiest way to achieve this look is by using false lashes, the Ardell Fashion Lashes range (£4.95 each) offer several sets that fit the bill, while the Morphe Premium Eye Lashes (£3.50 each) are also worth a look. The final look, seen perhaps most often, is glitter! Featured on the catwalks of Burberry, Kenso, Giambattista Vallia, and Versace. Glitter lips, glitter eyes, glitter on cheeks, glitter was hugely popular. Great news for sparkle lovers. Check out our extensive range of Violet Voss Glitters (£5.00 each!) and don’t forget some glitter glue to keep your sparkles in place all night. Try LA Splash Till Midnight Elix’r Glitter Glue and Primer (£9.95).

Master Matte with Mii

by Daniella Solazzo @ Mii

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Create a fresh Spring look with mineral makeup

by Aubergine 262 @ Barefaced Beauty

Look bright and fresh faced this Spring with our natural mineral makeup. Here’s how to get the look: Francesca is wearing: Foundation – Promise, Blusher – Terra, Eye Shadow – Brown Earth & Rose Quartz, Lip Gloss – Crystal Waters. … Continue reading

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Forever Living Relaxation Shower Gel

by Simon Hilton @ Forever Living Products UK

Relaxation Shower Gel from Forever Living Products For skin that yearns to feel silky-soft, the soothing and moisturising properties of the Relaxation Shower Gel leaves your skin feeling fresh and invigorated. A nourishing formula of aloe vera and essential oils, coupled with the delicate scent of lavender, bergamot, lemon and cucumber extract. The Relaxation Shower […]

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EU to ban animal testing

EU to ban animal testing

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After a long hard twenty three year campaign finally the EU is set to ban animal testing for cosmetics forever. The ban takes effect fronm 11th March 2013 and means that anyone selling cosmetic products in the EU will not be allowed to test finished products or their ingredients on animals anywhere in the world, whether or not an alternative to animal testing is available. For more information on the history of this campaign see here This is fabulous news and should bring an end to some of the horrific ugly treatment meted out against animals in the name of beauty.  

Strobing, Contouring, Baking and Highlighting

Strobing, Contouring, Baking and Highlighting

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If you’re interested in beauty you can’t fail to have noticed that strobing, contouring, baking and highlighting are the buzzwords of the moment. Contouring and highlighting are methods of shaping your face, using cosmetics, to highlight or diminish facial features. We’ve already covered contouring on this blog HERE, and our post gives you the run down as well as some suggested products, so today we’re going to give you the low down on strobing and baking, along with helpful product suggestions to help you have a go at home. Strobing Essentially, strobing is highlighting essentially. Throw out your contouring products, for a dewy, youthful glow, strobing is where it’s at. The aim is to use your highlighter product on areas that naturally catch the light, so on your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, below your brow bones on your cupids bow… anywhere you want to glow! It’s essential to prep your skin using a great moisturiser, then apply your base as usual before following on with your highlighter. The key is to blend thoroughly, using a sponge, fingers or a brush so there are no obvious blobs of product. For maximum impact, make sure the rest of your make up is matte. If you have a fair complexion, look for champagne highlighters such as Gerard Cosmetics Grace Star powder (£19.95) If you have a Medium complexion, try a pink toned highlighter such as the Sigma Afterglow Liquid Highlighter (£9.50) If you are Olive toned, then try a gold highlighter, the Ben Nye Fireworks Wheel offers several shades to try out (£20.20) Finally if your skin is darker, look for terracotta shades, such as the Milani Hermosa Rose Illuminating Face Powder (£7.95) Baking Baking, also known as cooking, is the newest technique to hit the beauty world. Interestingly, it’ not actually a new technique at all and is one that has been used in the drag community for years before being picked up by Instagram and You Tubers. Baking is the technique of letting translucent powder sit on your face for five to ten minutes, setting your foundation and concealer with the heat from your skin, hence the name baking. When you dust it off, it leaves you with a creaseless, flawless finish. It also highlights areas of your face without adding any shimmer. As with Strobing, great prep is essential, so make sure you moisturise well before starting. Then apply your foundation. Under your eyes apply a good full coverage concealer and gently blend. Using a make up sponge pat on a thick layer of powder on the areas you wish to enhance, such as under eyes, down the centre of your nose or along your jawbone. Once it’s sat on your skin for five to ten minutes, sweep it away with a fluffy brush and you’re ready to go! For a great concealer, try the LA Girl USA Pro Concealer (£5.00) which comes in a great range of shades and offers great coverage.

All About Mii… Jade

by Daniella Solazzo @ Mii

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Organic Certification

Organic Certification

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There are so many products on the market that claim to be organic or natural but they have been proven not to be. It’s hard to know what products to choose and which are safe. Many organic manufacturers and now opting for a certification process to prove their products are organic or natural an d are of a high standard. Here are some certification labels to look out for if you want peace of mind about the products you are buying: 1.       The Soil Association UK – This is a very recognisable and highly regarded label in the UK.  To be eligible for this certificate products must be a minimum of 95% organic.  The remaining products must be proven to be non-genetically modified.        2.       Eco-cert France – They require products to have a minimum of 95% natural ingredients. There can be a maximum of 5% synthetic ingredients. 3.       BDIH Germany –They require manufacturers to be socially responsible and support fair trade. They must also adhere to strict environmental guidelines. To hold a BDIH certification, products must contain natural raw materials such as essential oils and plant oils. 4.       NaTrue EU – This is based on a 3 star rating. 3 stars mean that 95% of all the agricultural ingredients are on their acceptable list of ingredients. 2 stars means 70% of all the ingredients are on the acceptable list and 1 star means 5-15% must be off their list. 5.       USDA Organic USA – They have a very strict set of standards manufacturers must follow. Products must be 95% organic to be able to carry their label. Products that are 100% organic can carry their 100% organic label. This is well known and well respected certification in the USA. 6.       Canada Organic/Canada Biologique – In June 2009 certification was implemented on a federal level. Mandatory certification must be used on all agricultural products being called organic for import/export and international trade purposes. If you see and of these labels you can be assured that the products you are buying have gone through a very strict vetting and testing process before being able to place the certification on their products.    

Spot Light on Sugarpill

Spot Light on Sugarpill

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Sugarpill Cosmetics are a cult indie brand for those who are not afraid to experiment with colour. The brand have two main focuses, colour and lots of it and a passion for all things cruelty free. The brainchild of Amy Doan, more commonly known online as Shrinkle, Sugarpill was founded in 2005 and after several years of testing, researching and developing the collection was launched on Valentines Day 2010. The brand was received exceptionally well and top beauty blogger Temptalia named Sugarpill the “#1 Indie Brand for 2010”. Since then the brand has gone from strength to strength, is retailed around the world and was even chosen as the official makeup brand for Sanrio’s Hello Kitty 35th Anniversary. Amy is extremely active on social media and has a large fan base with whom she regularly interacts and this loyalty to her customers and fans no doubt pays dividends when it comes to her business. As does the clear passion for all things cruelty free. It’s not just a clever marketing ploy, Sugarpill staff are all vegetarians/vegans who shun wearing fur and purchasing cosmetics from brands who do test on animals. Their whole ethos is to show that buying cruelty free can be fun, inspiring and easy. The brands products, at the current time, are primarily eye focused. Chromalust Eye Shadows are sparkling loose eye shadow pigments which really deliver the wow factor. Available in 18 shades these are best used over a primer. The ElektroCute Neon Pigments are super bright neon loose shadows for putting anywhere your imagination take you. The shades Love Buzz and Supercharge even glow under UV light. Again, these need a primer under them for best effect. All are lip safe, with the exception of Hellatronic. The Pressed Eye Shadows are top sellers and it’s easy to see why. In a dazzling range of colours from true red through to jet black with every colour of the rainbow in between these are highly pigmented and an affordable way to experiment with colour. Also available in several palettes of four complementary shades. Lashes. If you’re looking for natural looking false lashes, Sugarpill is not your brand. If however you are looking for lashes to make a statement then look no further! There are lashes with pearls, lashes with gems, coloured lashes, individual lashes, glittery lashes and many more… of the lashes can be reused if cared for correctly. The newest addition to Sugarpill’s line are brushes. These beautiful, pink brushes are all vegan and cruelty-free, and made with the highest grade of soft synthetic bristles for smooth application and blending. The range is mostly eye brushes but there is one lip brush, perhaps a hint of new products on the horizon! This is perhaps not a brand for neutrals lovers, but if you’re not afraid of colour, or you’re keen to start experimenting with colour, Sugarpill is most definitely the place to start!

Give and Makeup

Give and Makeup

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

So it's a New Year and if we've been lucky we will have received lots of new make up and new smellies as Christmas gifts. If you're like me you'll decide to have a clear out to make way for these new products but what do you do with your your older items? Have you thought of donating them to a worthwhile charitable organisation? Give and Makeup is a fabulous organisation which collects make up and toiletries, clothing and baby products for women who find themselves the victims of domestic abuse. They will accept most lightly used make up items including samples - if you would give it to a friend - they'll take it. The only things that have to be new for hygiene reasons are items with wands eg - mascara and lip gloss. So before you start throwing things out,  just have a think - could someone make use of it? Details of how to donate can be found here. Why not do a good deed today and bring a tiny bit of sunshine to some ones life?  

West Midlands Vegan Festival

West Midlands Vegan Festival

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Here at Cocktail Cosmetics we’re proud to be sponsoring the West Midlands Vegan Festival (http://www.veganmidlands.org.uk/festival/) this Saturday 27th October. The festival will showcase the very best in veganism and features an array of exciting attractions with over 100 stalls, mouth-watering cookery demos, 20 inspiring talks, an action packed line up of live entertainment from start to finish, a licensed all vegan bar, kids activities, competitions, an after party and more.   On top of this there will be free food samples galore and a wide variety of hot and cold food on sale, provided by popular vegan caterers from as far away as Manchester, London and Devon. The first 200 people through the door will be treated to free goodie bags which will be packed full of sweets, discount vouchers and most importantly (if we do say so ourselves) make-up goodies from Cocktail Cosmetics! Cocktail Cosmetics are vegan make-up specialists and proud stockists of popular vegan friendly brands such as Sprout (Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan), Alexami and Sigma brushes. Have a great day if you go and tell us all about it!  

Packaging

Packaging

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Why is packaging important? When you buy products do you think about the packaging they come in? You may have considered what your product is made of but it is also important to think about what it comes in. Every year tons of waste is sent to landfills. We probably use on average 12 products a day ranging from makeup to toothpaste. This can mean a lot of waste. You can help reduce landfill waste by recycling your product containers and packaging. What can be recycled? Glass - Clear, brown and green can be recycled. However heat resistant and crystal cannot. Plastic – Drinks bottles, shampoo and conditioner bottles, and detergent bottles. Paper/cardboard - Corrugated cardboard, magazines, junk mail, newspaper, office paper, milk cartons and cereal boxes. Cans and tins – Aluminium cans, Steel Cans and Tin Cans, Aluminum foil and bake ware. Some products will tell you which parts you can recycle, some may also have the recycle logo on them. Not all products can be recycled. For example the top off a shampoo bottle may be recyclable but the body may not, always check. When you go shopping and need fruit of vegetables, where possible buy produce that is loose rather than wrapped in plastic. Take a bag you already have to put them in, don’t use the plastic bags that are usually found by the loose products. This cuts down on wrapping waste. If they rip or you no longer need them many supermarkets have a place you can take them for recycling. Many also sell bags for life, so if they do rip you can get a free replacement. Composting This is another recycling option and it would benefit your garden greatly. You may be surprised that you can place the following in a compost heap/bin: Cardboard - cereal packets and egg boxes, waste paper, junk mail and cardboard tubes. You can also put food waste such as potato peelings and left over vegetables in a compost bin/heap. Once it has all broken down you can use it for planting flowers and vegetables in your garden. Where possible re-use packaging. For example if a product arrives in an envelope and it is in good condition you can use it again and the same goes for bubble wrap. Glass jars could be used store items and plastic bottles can be reused to hold drinks. All packaging such as jars and tins should be cleaned out before being sent for recycling as they can’t be used if they are soiled. When you need new makeup brushes you should try and buy brushes that can be recycled. There are a lot of good brands out there. Some are made from bamboo and recycled aluminium. When ordering cosmetics you can save money on postage and reduce packaging by ordering in bulk. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is the government slogan for recycling. Get involved in your area’s recycle scheme. You will be surprised what can be recycled and how it can be used for making different products you will use in the future.

The Sonya Flawless Video

by Simon Hilton @ Forever Living Products UK

The Sonya Flawless Video from Forever Living Products

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S/S 2016 Product Trends

S/S 2016 Product Trends

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

In our latest blog post we talked about the cosmetic trends seen on the catwalks for Spring/Summer 2016. In this post we’re going to talk about some of the products we stock that can help you achieve some of those looks ensuring you’re absolutely on trend when the warmer months roll around! Fresh Faced & Freckled On the catwalks skin was either completely free of foundation, or had just the sheerest coverage. If you can’t skip foundation, try a light to medium coverage product with a dewy finish such as the Illuminaire Fantastic Finish Moisturising Foundation which will help you get your glow, while giving you some valuable SPF. If you want to embrace the trends then you can follow the lead of the Emmanuel Ungara models and draw on freckles with a soft brown pencil, try Neve Cosmetics Pastello Eye Liner Pencil in Chinchilla. Blusher Blusher looks varied from none at all to natural flush, to strong coral. For a natural flush, try the Milani Rose Blush in American Beauty or if you’re going for bold, coral cheeks, try the Ben Nye Crème Blush Wheel. Vibrant Eyes Eyes for Spring/Summer 2016 are all about colour. With several key looks being seen on the catwalks. Bold, graphic colour was everywhere, neons, reds, blues, turquoises and even yellows featured. In rich single colour applications. The Sugarpill single Pressed Eye shadows cater for all of these. Try Velocity, a bright royal Blue, or Midori, a vibrant green, to get the look. Greens and blues also featured on the Holly Fulton and Alexis Mabille catwalks, but worn in a softer, 1970’s style. Again, Sugarpill have the products you need, try the Loose Eye shadow pigments in Mint Soda and Hug Life. Glitter was seen in a variety of blue hues and worn both as eyes hadow and as eye liner. Look no further than Violet Voss who have a wonderful selection of blues and teals, and don’t forget your Glitter Adhesive! Dior and Lanvin models wore a softer, subtler look. Pink eye shadow worn, alone, with mascara, created soft, pretty spring looks. The Sigma Fall Softly Palette contains 12 beautiful shades, many of which are pink. It has everything you need for a soft Spring Look. Finally, lashes were big news. Obviously false lashes were worn in a variety of styles and mascara was worn heavily to create doll like effects. We stock a wide variety of False Lashes, from brands such as Sugarpill and Ardell. Be as bold as you dare. Lips There were three key lip looks on the catwalk. The first was no make up at all. The second look was a natural, pretty pink pout. Try Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Vintage Rose. The final look was a vivid red, glossy lip. Look no further than Daniel Sandler’s Luxury Lip Gloss in Vivid Desire. A moisturising, soothing, vibrant red gloss. For extra oomph apply over a red lipstick such as the Milani Matte Moisture Lipstick in Iconic. And there you have it, we are delighted that 2016 will bring a return to vibrancy. There’s always a place in our heart for the classic smokey eye, but we love to see a splash of colour from time to time!

Going Worldwide

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Festive Hot Picks

Festive Hot Picks

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There’s something about Christmas that makes you want to run out and buy lots of things for yourself. It’s frankly crackers (no pun intended!) because you know that come Christmas Day, you’ll be the recipient of many wonderful presents, and if your husband/boyfriend/partner knows you well enough, then they will have bought you the entire contents of your wish list... But in a bid to curb ones spending on oneself, I’ve handpicked some goodies that you know your best friend/mum/sister will love, just as much as if you’d bought it for yourself.   Neve Cosmetics Pastell Eyeliner Pencils. The gold is sublime, and perfect for the party season.  The packaging is kitsch and vintage enough to appeal to the current trend for all things retro.           Lime Crime Nail Polish Milky Ways is a stunning colour, and while everyone else is wearing their dark, muted colours, you can buck the trend and wear a brighter, sunnier colour.         Laqa & Co Paradise City Fat Lip Pencil Giftbox. With 2 hotter than hot shades of Lambchop (super bright pink) and Ring of Fire (rocking hot red), you know that your lips will be ready to be kissed under the mistletoe this season.       Sprout Body Scrub After a long, hard day’s shopping, why not relax in a steaming hot bath, and scrub the day away with Sprouts divine body scrub.       Sigma Cleansing and Polishing Tool. You know you want to look your very best this season, it’s going to be parties, dancing, and pressing your cheeks close to kiss people you’ve either never met, or haven’t seen in ages. Make sure that cheek is super smooth.         Lime Crime Alchemy Shadow Palette This looks to be the brand new star of the Lime Crime palette team, and with darker shades of their infamous brights, perfect for this season.     Japonesque Lash Placement Kit. You remember all those parties and events you’ll be attending? The ones where you’ll be getting out your best false lashes? Make sure you don’t do a wonky job of applying them, and get lash perfect with this kit.  

Forever Living Aroma Spa Collection

by Simon Hilton @ Forever Living Products UK

Aroma Spa Collection from Forever Living Products A luxurious three-piece collection for an in-home aromatherapy spa experience. Indulge your body with high quality ingredients including aloe vera, lavender, white tea and essential oils found in the Relaxation Bath Salts, Relaxation Shower Gel and Relaxation Massage Lotion. The Aroma Spa Collection Includes: 192ml – Relaxation Massage […]

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Fairy Godmother listed in The Independent’s Top Luxury Christmas Gifts 2015!

by Grace Burrows @

http://www.independent.co.uk   Tired mums will love the gift of beauty sleep – actually to be honest, any sleep at all will do! But this innovative beauty treat will turbo-charge the sleep she is getting. It’s an overnight nourisher, packed with
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Holiday Make Up Bag

Holiday Make Up Bag

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While we’re on holiday, most of us tend to opt for a more pared back look for the day time, but we still want to take products with us for glamorous nights out, but there’s also the consideration of luggage too, especially if you’re heading overseas. The aim should be to take a few versatile products and a couple of show stoppers to transform your look for the evenings. Here are our suggestions for the perfect holiday make up bag. Concealer – this might be the only product you wear during the day, for any blemishes or dark circles, so concealer would be the must have product for your holiday make up bag. Tinted Moisturiser – a tinted moisturiser is the ideal product for warm weather. Offering sheer coverage, to even out the skin tone, this is great for a more natural look while on holiday. Something like the Glo Minerals Sheer Tint Base is ideal as it also offers UV protection. Pressed Powder – pressed powders are a convenient and compact way of carrying about powder products, usually, they even contain a puff for application. This will help set your base or concealer and keep the shine at bay. Blusher and Bronzer – blusher will always give you a lovely flush of colour, whilst bronzer isn’t strictly essential, but will really enhance a tan. An ideal holiday product is the NYX Bronzer and Blusher Combo which comes in in five colour ways and is a perfect compact containing a shades of blusher and bronzer guaranteed to complement each other. Lipstick – one or two lipsticks should be enough for your holiday, pick a natural shade if you’re likely to want to wear a lipstick during the day and a bold shade for your nights out! Eyeshadow Palette – look for an eyeshadow palette that can take you from day to night. Look for something small and compact, but that just enough colours to take you through your holiday. We’d recommend the Daniel Sandler Scandal At Midnight Eye Shadow Quad. Containing several shades, Desire is a lilac grey, which appears to be a taupe shade, ideal for day, but also included in the palette is a glitter shade, a white and a matte black for creating a smoky look for your evening out. Mascara – mascara is the second product (after concealer) you’re most likely to wear during the day time while on holiday, and if you’re heading to a beach resort, we’d recommend a waterproof mascara to avoid panda eyes after a dip in the sea! Glo Minerals Water Resistant Black Mascara is not only water resistant but is lengthening and volumizing too. Brushes – Travel brushes are ideal for holidays and the Touch Up Tube from Japonesque holds a foundation brush, a lip brush, two eye brushes and blush/powder brush all in a small tube. Aside from all of the above you’ll want to think about your skincare and sunscreen and you’ll probably be grateful for a lip balm in your make up bag too.

International Make-Up Artist Karla Powell Recommends EMM

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‘I have been using this brand’s powders this week and I have to say I am so impressed with the results. It leaves my skin looking flawless and radiant! They go on easily, are lightweight and provide coverage with a ‘soft
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Introducing our New Natural Skin boosting Facial Treatment

by Jules Derrick @ Outsidethebox Makeup

Do you wake up every morning and see those fine lines and wrinkles seem to be multiplying overnight? Are dark circles now a regular as opposed to infrequent occurrence? Is puffiness under the eye becoming more noticeable each time you look in the mirror? Are you beginning to notice fine lines around your lips which […]

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Does High Tech Beauty leave you cold?

by Jules Derrick @ Outsidethebox Makeup

Do you ever feel that everything “Beauty” has got just that little bit too clever? Do you feel bewildered by the array of unpronounceable, “techie” terms that sound impressive but you really have no clear idea what they are and how they actually work? Do you think it may be time to get “back to […]

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Spot Light - Aromi

Spot Light - Aromi

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Aromi Beauty make several products but there’s no escaping that the products we love most, and those we stock, are the liquid lipsticks. Available in both matte and metallic formulas, the colour range is extensive and popular. Founder, Hannah Follis was a chemist by trade and wanted to do something that combined her love of chemistry, with her love of beauty products. Hannah began working in chemical product formulation in the fragrance industry, but began making her own perfumes, cosmetics and beauty products in her spare time and when friends started asking for Hannah’s products Aromi was born. Being a huge animal lover, the range is cruelty free and vegan and every single product is formulated, poured, and crafted in their own laboratory in the USA. They source, formulate, manufacture and ship all of their products themselves, making them a truly independent beauty brand. At the time of writing, we stock 23 shades of the Matte Liquid Lipsticks, as well as four shades of the Metallic Liquid Lipsticks. Aromi Matte Liquid Lipsticks apply like a regular lip gloss but dry to a matte velvet finish approximately one minute after application. Good preparation with a scrub is always a good idea with Matte Liquid Lipsticks, and these are no exception, but skip the lip balm as it will change the matte properties of the liquid lipstick. It’s also recommended that you avoid oily foods to maintain the wear. The Aromi Metallic Liquid Lipsticks apply in the same way as the Matte Lipsticks but may take slightly longer to dry, and while the metallic are still matte, you’ll get a metallic glittery finish. With the metallic lipsticks, opacity can be built on with a second coat and to enhance the shimmery metallic finish, you can gently rub your lipstick with a finger once dry. As for removal, simply wipe away with a tissue, but be aware, as these lipsticks are designed with longevity in mind, there may be some staining. Any remaining product can be removed with an oil based product, coconut oil for example, or any oil based cleanser. This is why Aromi recommend avoiding oily food where possible! We’ve already touched on the impressive range of shades available but there really is something for everyone, from nudes, to a variety of reds, right through to bolder colours such as blues and greens which are really popular. From the Metallic Liquid Lipsticks, we love Rose Gold (peach with gold tones), and from the Matte Liquid Lipsticks it’s hard to choose a favourite but Toasted Almond (a nude with pink-peach undertones), Red Dahlia (a cool maroon with blue undertones), Azure Blue (bright blue) are all stand out shades. Take a look and pick your favourites. Both the Matte and Metallic Liquid Lipsticks retail at £13.00 each.

Alima Pure Mineral Makeup | All Natural Makeup & Pure Cosmetics

Alima Pure Mineral Makeup | All Natural Makeup & Pure Cosmetics


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Pure minerals from nature. That's all you're going to find in Alima Pure's mineral makeup products. Shop high quality, natural makeup and pure cosmetics here!

5 best mineral powders under £20 - Healthista

5 best mineral powders under £20 - Healthista


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If you are sick of your pores being clogged by the make up you use, it's time you swapped your ordinary foundation for some mineral power. A make up powder containing minerals can revolutionise how your skin experiences make up

Find the time for a little self love

Find the time for a little self love

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With most people now living busy lifestyles, time is often the deciding factor in how well we look after ourselves and how much time we actually spend on pampering and relaxation. It’s a well known fact that women are really bad at putting themselves first.  Most are just far too busy being mothers, wives, daughters, employees and bosses, juggling life and surviving the cares of each day with no time to simply stop, breathe and relax. What with shopping, cooking, cleaning, school runs and work, there is no wonder its difficult trying to fit in relaxation and beauty regimes. With these busy lifestyles, very few women have time for professional beauty, relaxation therapy and even looking after their everyday health. With increasing rates of stress, anxiety, depression and hypertension It is now more important than ever to make time to relax and pamper  yourself, to make yourself feel special and to revive your body and mind. A little self love can help reduce anxiety and stress levels and goes a long way to achieving a happier and healthier life. We understand not everyone has the time and indeed the money for Spa treatments and beauty sessions but it is possible to create some special times in your own home. Obviously Cocktail Cosmetics are here with all those affordable girly beauty treats that can help to make you feel that little bit special, including all your favourites such as Lime Crime, NYX, Everyday Minerals, Obsessive Compulsive and lots more.   When you look your best it certainly makes you feel better in yourself. Make up nowadays is far from being just a product that is used to simply enhance your appearance; cosmetics are now an important part of your skincare ritual. Most cosmetics available now contain ingredients that have been specially designed to not only improve the condition of the skin but to protect it from the elements of everyday life your skin as to contend with. It’s great to experiment with make up and trying out new trends can be fun, but why not share some beauty pampering time with your girlfriends too, invite them round, crack open a bottle of wine and share each other’s make up tips and tricks, making a real special, girly night of it, after all make up and cosmetics are an important part of being a woman and feeling good. Looking good and feeling good is important but it’s also important to find time to relax and revive our tired body and mind. Scented candles, essential oils and aromatherapy all have an important part to play in helping us achieve this. One of the most important rooms in your home for this is the bathroom. Many people just see the bathroom as a clinical sterile room that is there to provide certain functions, the room where you go to wash yourself and use the lavatory, but your bathroom can be a therapeutic experience, a hidden sanctuary, a tranquil haven where you can refresh, cleanse, purify and beautify your body. Aromatherapy is the art of using essential oils to help re-energise the body and mind. Mother Nature has given us the gift of flowers, plants, trees and herbs that can make a real difference to our physical and emotional wellbeing. Essential oils are highly concentrated essences that have been carefully extracted from these and have been used for thousands of years because of their therapeutic effects on both the body and the mind. Bath time is a great opportunity to revive your spirits and reconnect your body to your mind, but first you need to make it special, it is a well known fact that fragrance is the perfect mood booster, being able to trigger powerful emotions and memories. Fragrance enhances our wellbeing and is a special means of personal expression. As well as wearing scent, there are endless ways to release it into your home, including room sprays, incense, oil burners and scented candles. Scented candles are a perfect accompaniment to your bath routine. After lighting some candles to delight your senses it is important to make sure that the room is warm, before you take your bath also make sure that the water is around body temperature. Having your water too hot will over stimulate the body. Now it’s time to make the bath extra special and maximise the physical and spiritual benefits by adding a few drops of essential oils to the water. Citrus essential oils like lemon and orange can have a real uplifting affect on the body, whilst lavender and rose essential oils can have a calming effect. There are many different bath blend recipes you can make or simply buy ready blended to use. You can also add sea salt to your bath, sea salt is packed with beneficial minerals that are absorbed by the body, and using bath salts that have been scented using essential oils is a great way to aid detoxification and leave the skin feeling soft and fragranced. When in the bath it is best to soak for no longer than 20 minutes, or the skin will become over hydrated and look wrinkly. For a final indulgence when you get out of the bath wrap yourself in your softest, fluffiest towel or dressing gown. Whether it’s a little beauty therapy with your makeup or a special spa like experience in the bath, it’s important make it happen on a regular basis and give yourself a little self love, your body and mind will reap the benefits of this. A large selection of Scented candles and essential oils can be found at www.candlesandkarma.co.uk  

Beauty On A Budget

Beauty On A Budget

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With skincare, you often get what you pay for, and it’s always a good idea to buy the best that you can afford. However, when it comes to cosmetics the same rule doesn’t apply. Perhaps it’s a more modern development, but it’s now possible to buy exceptional quality cosmetics that offer high pigment and long wear times at great prices. Brands such as Sleek and NYX offer great value for money. It’s not just cosmetics, but there are superb tools available at excellent prices, thanks to the high quality of synthetic bristles. Bdellium, Real Techniques and Studio Line all offer amazing value for money. It goes without saying that all of the products we stock are high quality, regardless of price, but if money is tight, here are some of our top beauty picks that won’t cost the earth. Our first pick are the hugely popular Sleek I-Divine Eye Palettes. Available in 13 variations these palettes are a steal at £7.99. Each palette contains 12 shades, usually in a variety of finishes, unless you’re buying the matte palette, where each shade is matte. Another great Eye Shadow Product is the NYX Jumbo Eye Shadow Pencil. Again available in a large range of colours they work amazingly on their own, or as a base for other shadows. In pencil form these are very economical with a price of £5 each. The Neve Cosmetics Pastello Eye Liner Pencils are £3.95 and available in a great range of colours. 17 to be precise. These pencils are cruelty free and can also be used as a base for other eyeshadows. The Everyday Minerals Tinted Lip Butters are not only great for your lips, containing shea butter, murumuru butter, marula oil and passion fruit oil, but they offer a sheer tint, are available in 11 shades and are a snip at £4.95. The NYX Cosmetics Round Lipsticks are a great make up bag staple. These budget beauties are mineral based with a beautiful velvet texture upon application. At £4.95, pick up a few for the price of a high end lipstick! The Lily Lola Mineral Blush pots are lightweight, loose powder blushers, available in 7 shades, you just need to tip some in the lid of your pot and apply sparingly with a blusher brush. Ranging between 2 to 3g they’ll last a surprisingly long time as you need so little. These are £7.29 each. The Neve Cosmetics Blush Brush fits the bill perfectly and is a reasonable £8.95 and the ideal companion to mineral products, thanks to its extra soft bristles. If you’re looking to buy several good quality brushes then its worth taking a look at Bdellium brushes, a great affordable high quality brushes, ranging from £6.50 for the Precision Liner Brush, through to £19.95 for the Maestro Kabuki Brush which is from their superior quality hand crafted range. Buying budget beauty products that are good quality is entirely possible, and another way to make your money go even further is to look for multi-use products, such as eyeliners that can double as eye shadows or primers, or eye shadows you can use wet with a brush as eye liners.

Summer award for our Bronzers

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Voted best in The Independant –  our fabulous vegan mineral Bronzing powder hits the summer top spot. Read all about it by following this link: http://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/fashion-beauty/best-bronzers-2016-for-fair-skin-for-olive-skin-a7113366.html English Mineral Makeup Golden Bronze: £25 for 10g, English Mineral Make-up If you’re after a gorgeous
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Bridal Tanning Tips

by Daniella Solazzo @ Mii

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Mineral Makeup: 10 Of The Best Skin Perfecting Powders

Mineral Makeup: 10 Of The Best Skin Perfecting Powders


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Mineral makeup is the perfect alternative to heavy, cakey foundation and the ultimate easy way to nail a flawless, freckle-friendly complexion.Way...

Nude By Nature: Australia's Fave Mineral Makeup Launches in UK | Look

Nude By Nature: Australia's Fave Mineral Makeup Launches in UK | Look


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Nude by Nature is Australia's No. 1 mineral makeup brand, and it's finally launching in the UK at feelunique.com.

New Natural Makeup & Skincare Studio opens at Penny Brohn UK

by Jules Derrick @ Outsidethebox Makeup

At Outsidethebox we couldn’t be happier! It’s taken a while but our learning curve in supplying 100% natural makeup and skincare products to you has been steep but very helpful. Your business, feedback, support, interest, understanding and delight is making it’s mark, so we wanted to share with you, wonderful supporter, our plans for the […]

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Don’t put up with anything less than flawless!

by NADINE ANDERSON @ Barefaced Beauty

Barefaced Beauty is pleased to announce the release of our brand new, Mineral Colour Corrector which has been specially formulated to calm and neutralise excessive redness on the face and camouflage dark circles under the eyes. The product, available in … Continue reading

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Neutral Eye Shadow Palettes

Neutral Eye Shadow Palettes

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Over the last few years the neutral eyeshadow trend has reached epic proportions with barely a brand out there failing to release their own take on the neutral/natural eye palette. There’s a reason for their popularity of course. A good neutrals palette should easily take you from a subtle day look to a smoking, high glamour look with ease, as well as any look in between. Browns and beiges were once considered the plain janes of the beauty world but today they are anything but boring. We stock a wide range of neutral eyeshadow palettes with something suitable for most budgets and here are our favourites. If you are specifically looking for a palette that will create a soft day time look as well as ramping up the glamour for night time, it’s a good idea to look for a palette that contains neutral shades as well as highlight shade and a black or near black shade to add smoky drama. Kicking off with the LA Girl Cosmetics Beauty Brick Eye Shadow Palette in Nude. At £6.95 and containing 12 shades this is a no brainer. It’s suitable for those on a tighter budget without compromising on quality, it even includes a brush so if you’re starting a collection from scratch, no extra purchases are required. Next is the Milani Every Day Eyes Palette (£8.95). This palette actually comes in several colourways that fit our Nude/neutral needs. Have a look at Bare Necessities, Earthy Elements and Must Have Naturals and choose your favourite. Each palette comes with six pigmented shades as well as a brush and a step by step guide to application, ideal for the less confident. Morphe offer the Natural Beauty Eye Shadow Palette as well as the Soul of Summer Palette (£14.95 each) each palette contains 12 beautiful shadows. Moving onto the Neve Cosmetics Elegantissimi Eye Palette (£21.95). The Elegantissimi palette holds ten beautiful neutral shadows in a range of finishes, from matte, to satin and pearl. The Saucebox Cosmetics Etude Eyeshadow Palette (£34.95) is beautifully packaged and houses eight matte shadows with fantastic pigmentation, it can also be used for contouring purposes. The Daniel Sandler Scandal at Midnight Eye Shadow Palette (£28.00) has less shadows than the other palettes mentioned, and contains only four shades. Black, White, glitter and grey. All of the shadows can be used wet or dry and are packed with rich pigment. Finally we have the Ben Nye Essential Eye Shadow Palette (£56.10). The Ben Nye brand is aimed at the professional make up artist, but if you’re looking for high quality cosmetics then don’t let the fact that it’s a professional brand put you off. The Essential Eye Shadow Palette contains eight shadows and is magnetic and refillable.

Forever Living Sun Lips

by Simon Hilton @ Forever Living Products UK

Forever Sun Lips from Forever Living Products With its broad spectrum SPF30 sunscreen, Forever Sun Lips helps to protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Applied before sun exposure, and reapplied whenever needed, Forever Sun Lips can help protect against the effects of the sun, providing soothing botanicals to help soften and calm. Buy Forever […]

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Spring has Finally Sprung – Get Cheeky and Ready to Bloom !!

by NADINE ANDERSON @ Barefaced Beauty

Is your current foundation shade still a perfect match for you?. As the seasons change, your natural skin colour can change too and it’s unlikely that one shade will see you through the whole year. If you need any help … Continue reading

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Look BareFaced and flawless this Winter

by NADINE ANDERSON @ Barefaced Beauty

  Winter is here, colder weather is on the way and now is the time to pamper your face with our range of pure and natural mineral cosmetics. Choose neutral shades to emphasise your natural flawless beauty and pale glossy lips for … Continue reading

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St Valentines Day

St Valentines Day

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

Every lady across the land will know of St Valentines Day - the magical 14th February - where - if we are lucky, we will be showered in flowers, chocolates and love.  St Valentines day is a celebration of love dating back to the Roman era. In the UK we really started to celebrate this special day around the 17th century where people exchanged tokens of affection, gifts and handwritten notes. The printed card arrived around 1900 with full on commercialisation of this special day exploding in the 1980's. We feel Valentines day should not be all about expensive gifts  - to Cocktail Cosmetics it's hearts, love and lots of kissing!   Some of our favourite picks for Valentines lips are Obsessive Compulsive lips tars - who can resist their vegan lip treats and bold shades? For stunning red lips look no further than Radiate, Stalker, Pyscho or NSFW.                   Have you tried Lime Crimes Velvetines for perfect matte red lips perfect for kissing? We think Red Velvet is just stunning and a firm favourite with Karla Powell - international Make Up artist. Also a hit with our vegan ladies!             100% Pure lip glazes in Bosenbury, Elderberry or Watermelon made with fruit pigments in a moisturising base of avocado and cocoa butters this 100% natural formula will give your lips a sheer wash of fruit pigmented color while nourishing your lips with vitamins and antioxidants.           Why not try one or newer cruelty free lipsticks from Fevour Cosmetics? Fire Cracker and Vixen have definitely caught our eye!         Don't forget to keep lips perfect for puckering up with our favourite EOS lip balms - make sure you are ready for St Valentines day!    

What's New - September

What's New - September

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It’s a busy time here at Cocktail Cosmetics and as usual we’re busy bringing you the newest products. Here’s a run-down of just some of our newest additions! Starting off with some new additions to the LA Splash Liquid Lipstick line up in the form of the Golden Goddess collection. Three romantic shades infused with gold pigment in Aphrodite, a nude shade, Persephone, beautiful rich coppery/bronze shade and Rhea a beautiful antique olive green, these are £10.95 each. OCC have launched their Fall 2016 RTW Lip Tar Collection, Alchemically Altered. A selection of rich mattes and metallic. Alchemy is a champagne shimmer, Dash is a muted rose tone beige, Fleshworld is a rusted red, Lush is a deep red violet, Luxe is a deep red violet with magenta pearl, and Blackboard is a dark dusty blackened green. As part of this collection OCC have also released six new cosmetic glitters (£11.95 each). Spark (white with peach/gold reflect), Neon Yellow, Amber, Violet, Aqua and Olive are all available now. New from Morphe is the 9N Naturally Blushed Palette (£19.95). Five beautiful creamy matte shades and four luminous tones to fit all skin tones and occasions in a range of warm natural shades. Also new from Morphe is the M444 Deluxe Definition Brush (£13.95). Designed to give full coverage when used with your base products. From Milani we have the newest must-have foundation. Conceal and Perfect 2 in 1 Foundation and Concealer (£9.95). Available in 14 shades this foundation does exactly what it says in its name. To use as a foundation apply using a sponge, finger tips or a brush all over, while to use it as a concealer, just apply where extra coverage is needed. Full coverage and water resistant, Conceal and Perfect 2 in 1 comes in a pump dispenser for hygiene and convenience. Combine with one of Milani’s Primers for the ultimate application and longevity. Try either Shield for Mattifying and Pore Minimising, or Perfection for adding radiance and glow while softening the look of fine lines, pores and flaws, both are £9.95 each. New In from Beauty Bakerie are two new shades of popular Eyescreams (£11.95 each). These beautiful matte, cream formula eyeshadows apply easily and last for hours and are cruelty free. Crumb Cake is a nude shade with mauve tones and Galactic is a metallic taupe. In addition there are two new Gelato Eye Liners (£11.95 each). EnchantMINT is a beautiful rich matte green and Moon Bar is a gorgeous metallic blue. The Gelato Eye Liners are smudgeproof, waterproof and incredibly long wearing. Finally, new from Sigma is the Sinuosity Lash Mascara (£14.95). This black mascara has a curved brush to help pull lashes into a curved shape and promises 13+ hours wear, water resistance, flake resistance and its smudgeproof! What more could you want!

Spots!

Spots!

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How to Cover a Spot! It happens to the best of us. We’ve got a date/job interview/lunch with friend/postman at the door and we wake up and there it is, the mother of all spots on our face. We all have friends who brazen it out, showing it off to the world, seemingly not giving a damn, but for some, blemishes can be a cause of great anxiety, making it hard to leave the house and wanting the ground to swallow them up, convinced everyone is looking at the spot on their face. Here’s our tried and tested method for covering up those blemishes! This really works best on un-squeezed spots. Not only does a squeezed spot take longer to heal but a bump or whitehead is much easier to hide in this way than a scab, so please try to resist the urge to squeeze. This method can be used on bare skin, but if you wear foundation, apply your foundation first. So what you’ll need is: Cream Concealer such as the NYX Cosmetics Cream Concealer Stick Loose Powder such as the Neve Cosmetics Nude Finishing Powder Concealer Brush such as the Sigma F68 Pin Point Concealer Brush Eyeshadow Brush such as the Sigma Domed Utility Brush Method Step One Load your concealer brush with concealer by stroking it across your concealer stick, you just need a thin layer. Step Two Starting at the middle of your spot, cover it with the concealer. Then fan your brush out so that it covers the redness that radiates out from your spot. Step Three Using a clean finger, pat very gently all around the edges of the spot. The warmth of your finger will blend the concealer into your skin or foundation. Try not to touch the centre of the spot. Step Four Using your eyeshadow brush, dip it into your loose powder and tap off the excess, you can then light dust this over your concealer to set it. You can of course use this method on any blemish or multiple spots but we would recommend making a visit to your GP if you have acne or problematic skin but for keeping spot prone skin scrupulously clean without adding extra products into the mix, we’d recommend the Konjac Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal, which is perfect for teen skin and those prone to spots, blackheads and outbreaks. It gently exfoliates, kills acne-causing bacteria, deep cleans and bamboo charcoal is a natural anti-oxidant.

Beauty Though the Ages - Part 2

Beauty Though the Ages - Part 2

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Beauty Through the Decades Part 2 Continuing with our Beauty Through the Decades posts, we’re kicking off with the swinging sixties and as with our previous post, we’ll be making a suggestion of a product to help you achieve the look yourself. The 1960’s High glamour made way for experimentation in the 1960’s. Foundation became lighter, and fresher in appearance, while blush was lightly applied to the apples of the cheeks. Blending eye shadows became popular with pale shadows being blended up to the eyebrow while a second shade was blended up to the crease, with a third shade being added to outer corners of eyes. Eye liner was heavy and false lashes were frequently worn. In the absence of false lashes, mascara was worn thick and spiky. Lips were nude. Try Ardell Fashion Lashes £4.95 The 1970’s Complexions were fresher and dewier, as were blushers, cream finishes were popular for a more glowing effect. For evenings, glitter was added to cheeks ready for the disco. Bright, pearlescent eyes hadows were worn all around the eyes, while water lines were lined with light pencil shades. Lips were kept simple, either balm or a gloss to match the natural lip shade. Try Violet Voss Glitter in Wendy £6.95 The 1980’s Bigger, bolder make up! Concealer was applied before foundation and bronzer was imperative for a tanned look and a bright pink blush. Eye shadows were bold and bright, but when it came to mascaras, electric blues and sky blues as well as traditional black were layered on heavily. Highlighters in pinks and whites were applied while lips were fuchsias or reds, and lip gloss featured heavily. While daytime make up was a more subdued affair, purples and lighter blues were still all the rage. Try Sleek Blush By 3 Palette in Pink Spirit £9.99 The 1990’s The 1990’s don’t seem to have defining look. Grunge was all the range and eyes were smoky, in greys and dark browns, blush was minimal, if it was used at all, and lips were nude, with a few red toned rosewood-type shades, along with the infamous Heather Shimmer. Gothic looks were also quite mainstream in the 90’s, pale faces, black eye make up and dark lips. Overall though, the 1990’s were about a more natural look, restraint was the key. Eye products were applied sparingly, brows were shaped and defined, blush was soft and lipsticks were brown toned reds or nudes. Try Gerard Cosmetics 1995 Lipstick £12.50 The 2000’s If the 1990’s were hard to define, the 2000’s are even more so. Mineral Cosmetics became very popular for the first time, and now most brands offer a mineral product in their line. In terms of looks, Vintage beauty was popularised by celebrities such as Dita Von Teese, Gwen Stefani and even Christina Aguilera, and the looks were very 1940’s/1950’s. If any look defines the 2000’s it would probably be the combination of a smoky eye and nude lip. Eye shadows in Greys, blacks or taupes, skilfully blended to create a dramatic, glamourous look, combined with a nude lipstick or a nude gloss on the lips, finished with a touch of bronzer and a subtle highlight. Try Saucebox Cosmetics Creme de la Creme Eye Shadow Palette £24.95

Mineral Make Up

Mineral Make Up

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Mineral makeup may seem like a relatively new concept but it has been around for over 30 years, first making an appearance in the 70’s. It has recently seen a resurgence and is now very popular with celebrity makeup artists and skin specialists. It is made from natural earth rocks (Mica) that have been ground up into a fine mineral powder. Benefits of mineral makeup include: 1. It is free from harmful chemicals such as parabens. It is also additive free. 2. It is free from fragrance and preservative that can irritate the skin. 3. The minerals have a natural PH so it is great for balancing the skin. This makes it great for acne sufferers and other skin conditions. 4. Has a great even coverage. It is brilliant for covering scars, acne and rosacea. 5. Even though it gives good coverage it still feels light on the skin and is long lasting. 6. It is light reflective and refractive making it very flattering especially for older skin. 7. Great for the skin as it doesn’t clog the pores. This makes it popular with dermatologists. It is so gentle that beauty experts recommend using it after facials, if you don’t want to go without make up. It doesn’t soak into the skin like most make up. It sits on the surface. 8. It is usually oil free. Always check the labels on any products you purchase. 9. One huge benefit is that it offers sun protection. The minerals protect your skin from the harmful UV rays. You can also use mineral make up over sun cream to give added protection. 10. Mineral make up can be built up in layers so you can control how much you use. 11. Most mineral make up is water resistant. 12. It contains natural minerals such as zinc and calcium that can act as anti-oxidants. Mineral make up is easy to apply. Here are some great tips for getting a natural look: 1. Cleanse and moisturise your face beforehand, as dry patches may cause the make up to look powdery in areas. 2. Shake the jar to loosen the minerals. 3. Pour a small amount of powder into the lid of your makeup pot to start with. This is a great way to reduce waste. 4. Dip your blending brush into the lid and swirl it around using circular motions, then tap off any excess powder. 5. Start on your forehead and use circular motions to buff the makeup onto the skin. 6. Continue this movement around the rest of your face. Don’t be afraid to be quite firm. This will help to get an even coverage. As you go round you will notice the minerals start to warm up. 7. Continue until you get the desired coverage. Make sure you concentrate on your eyes and around the nose as these can be tricky areas to cover evenly. 8. Mineral makeup usually comes in a matte or satin finish so there is something for everyone. 9. Finish with mineral eye shadow and blusher or bronzer. 10. Use a brush especially designed for mineral makeup to get the best results.  

Not just for the Ladies!

by NADINE ANDERSON @ Barefaced Beauty

It’s no secret that in this day and age, the modern man takes great pride in his appearance and is not shy about using toiletries and beauty products to achieve a perfectly well groomed look.  Barefaced Beauty 100% Natural Mineral cosmetics are so pure … Continue reading

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How many make up brushes?

How many make up brushes?

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On average we probably use five brushes when we are applying our make up. So why do we need so many? Is one not enough? Shape and texture are the main reasons. We couldn’t use a large blusher brush to apply eye shadow, it just wouldn’t work. Here are a selection of makeup brushes and why we need them: Foundation brush – These are usually flat with a small rounded tip perfect for getting an even coverage. The small tip allows you to get around the nose and eye smoothly, which would be difficult with a bigger brush.   Concealer brush – These are usually a similar shape to the foundation brush but they have a much smaller head making it easier to cover blemishes and dark circles around the eyes.   Powder brush – Have a large round head. It allows you to sweep powder across your face evenly. Following the face contours will give a great coverage.   Blusher/Bronzer brush – These are usually medium sized, dome shaped and soft. Use it by working from the apple of the cheek sweeping up towards the ears.   Lip brush - Small headed and flat with a round trip. Applying lipstick straight from the stick onto the lips can leave it clumpy and patchy. Using a lip brush will help you even out the texture leaving a smooth application. Work from the middle of the lips outwards.   Eye shadow brush – These should be small headed, stiff and flat. Apply eye shadow from the inside of the eye outwards. Eye shadow brushes can sometimes come in a spongy texture or soft bristled. Many eye shadow brushes now have a blender on the opposite side. This should be rounded and not too stiff to allow for blending.  However a very soft brush might not allow you to blend well.   Eye brow brush - Needs to be small and angled. It can be used to create an upper eyelid line or to fill in eyebrows. Choose brushes that are made from natural fibres if possible. Natural fibres are especially good for applying powders, blushers and bronzers. Brushes made from bamboo and natural materials can for the most be recycled, making them eco-friendly. Cleaning your brushes It is extremely important to clean your brushes on a regular basis. They can collect bacteria and germs easily and the longer you leave it the more they will collect. You will be spreading around your face every time you use them. This can cause unwanted and nasty break outs.  If you use your brushes every day you should try and clean them at least once a week. Keeping them clean and well looked after will also help them last longer. Using a makeup brush shampoo is a great way to cleanse them thoroughly. The brush guru squeaky clean brush shampoo is a great product to try. Shampoo your brushes ensuring all traces of makeup are removed. Then rinse them thoroughly using warm water. Squeeze out all the excess water and leave them flat to dry naturally.

The Price of Beauty

The Price of Beauty

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Big steps have been made regarding animal testing and animal cruelty for cosmetics in the last few years. In March 2013 the EU put a complete ban on sales of new cosmetics developed through animal testing, which is exciting news for animal rights activists. But what about the killing of defenceless animals for their by-products? Super model, animal rights activist and Sky Rainforest ambassador Lily Cole has recently brought to everyone’s attention the killing of sharks for their squalene. Most people are aware sharks are killed for their fins, but did you know they are killed for their livers? Squalene is oil extracted from a shark’s liver. It is being used in high end cosmetics and the demand for it is extremely high. It can be found in moisturisers, lipsticks and conditioners. It is mostly used in anti-ageing products due to its moisturising properties. Sharks use this substance to maintain buoyancy in the water. It is extracted by livering. This means sharks are caught and killed, their livers are cut out and their bodies are thrown back into the ocean. Killing of sharks is still unrestricted throughout the world. Over 6 million sharks a year are killed for this oil and this number is rising. Squalene from gulper sharks can sell for £18000per ton. They are regarded as the best producers of quality squalene. Sharks that live deeper in the ocean have larger amounts of squalene in their livers and this makes them extremely vulnerable to livering. There is a global demand for this oil and it’s only increasing. Many people have never heard of squalene and cosmetic manufacturers are under no obligation to declare its origin on their labels. Many well know cosmetic companies such as L’Oreal and Dove use it, but most are now trying to phase it out and use plant derived oils instead. Without clear labelling how can consumers make informed choices? The key markets for squalene lie in the Far East. Japan accounts for over 40% of the world’s demand. It is one of the most expensive marine by products being sold today. Many sharks are now under threat of extinction and the angel shark is close to extinction. Creative director of Selfridges Alannah Weston has come together with Lily to highlight this problem and Selfridges have now cleared their shelves of any products containing shark derived squalene. They made this announcement at this year’s Hay Festival. Miss Cole who is a brand activist for the body shop and Miss Weston are now calling on the EU to make all cosmetic companies who use squalene in their products to clearly put it on their labelling. Steps have been made on animal testing and cruelty but shouldn’t this include the needless killing of animals for their by-products?

Living with Rosacea – Real Life Skin Stories

by Amanda @ Odara Mineral Beauty

That moment when rosacea no longer becomes a daily battle! Meet Mhairi.  Mhairi is a lovely friend of mine whom I have had the pleasure of knowing for a good 25 years or so, since our late teens, in fact.  Mhairi, like most of us, is a very busy working mum.  Mhairi has rosacea.  She never used […]

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Your 5 Family Summer Skin Savers

by Jules Derrick @ Outsidethebox Makeup

Hello “Outsidetheboxers”! We hope you are enjoying the ups and downs of our English Summer!? Whatever the weather, your skin is always with you and it takes a lot!   In Summer, your skin needs even more protection from the harmful UVA and UVB rays (even in cloudy weather!)  UVA penetrates deeper layers of skin […]

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New Shop

New Shop

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Well today marks the next step for Cocktail Cosmetics! Many of you will know us from our on-line store here at www.cocktailcosmetics.co.uk but from today locals lads and lasses will be able to come visit us at the Custard Factory, Birmingham.  Location details can be found here We'll be offering all your favourites - Sugarpill, Lime Crime. OCC and a range of fantastic candles for all you girly girls and fragrance loving fellas who love a smelly candle! We have free goodie bags for the first 50 customers through our doors on Saturday 16th and a free instore raffle to win a gift hamper worth over £300 of Sigma and Lime Crime products between now and the 29th August.   The winner of the gift hamper will be announced here, on our Facebook and twitter pages. We're very excited to meet you all! And the winner is ticket 28. Please call at the shop with your ticket to collect your prize.

First Date Make Up

First Date Make Up

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Getting ready to go out on a first date with someone you really like can be riddled with problems. From picking the right outfit to over thinking the course conversation will go in, the last thing you want to worry about is getting your make up right. If you aim for pretty and natural you’ll not go far wrong. You want to feel good about yourself and not feel like you’ve tried too hard, keeping the make up look simple will help keep touch ups minimal too. Prime your skin, this will making applying your base easier and help your make up to stay in place longer. Choose your foundation and apply with a great quality brush to give the most flawless finish possible. Be sure to match to your skin tone perfectly and blend blend blend! No one wants a tide mark on the jaw line! Try the Real Techniques Samantha Chapman Foundation Brush which is cruelty free and hand cut. Use a concealer to disguise any blemishes and dark circles, we’d recommend a lighter finish foundation for dark circles and a heavier coverage for blemishes. The NYX Concealer Wand is brilliant for under eye circles whilst the OCC Skin Concealer is a thicker texture and perfect for blemishes. Keep your eye make simple, opting for neutral shades. The Neve Cosmetics Elegantissimi Eye Palette is perfect for this. Apply Etoile all over the lid, adding Smoking or Plush to the crease to add some depth. Using a fine brush you can add Espresso or Black Sheep as a liner. Try the Lily Lolo eye Definer brush. Next you’ll want to add some mascara, black, to define your lashes. The Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara absolutely won’t budge if you’re watching a sad film or walking into the wind… running mascara is not a good look for a first date! At this point you can add some natural false lashes for some extra flutter. The Ardell InvisiBand Lashes are all natural looking but still add some oomph! Final touches, add a very light dusting of translucent powder to set your base. Then fill in and define your brows with a pencil or powder, we like the Sigma Dual Ended Brow Pencil with two shades of brown, a dark and medium. Next add a pink blusher for a natural looking flush. There are a wide range of shades available but choose something that is close to the shade you natural turn when blushing. For a powder blush, NYX do a great selection of shades or for something different apply a Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Blush in a shade such as Cherub or So pretty for a perfect pink. Last but not least decide on your lip colour, again pink is the perfect first date colour and there’s pink shade out there for everything. Don’t opt for a bright shade, instead opt for something like Neve Cosmetics Dessert A Levres Lipstick in Panna Cotta. A perfectly tempting pink with shea butter to make your lips kissably soft!

Metallic Eyes

Metallic Eyes

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Back in February, the Oscars red carpet was awash with female stars sporting glamourous metallic eye makeup and looking fabulous. With the warm weather already here and Summer rapidly heading our way, wearing a beautiful gold, copper or bronze eyeshadow (or all of the above!) can look really fantastic, regardless of whether or not you’re on a red carpet, especially if combined with a suntan. There’s something exotic about metallic eyes on tanned skin, but pale skinned beauties can also wear the rich metallic shades and need not stay away. Perhaps you feel silvers are more your thing. Either way, summer is the perfect time to refresh your look and wear beautiful metallic tones. Starting with Eye shadows here are some of our recommendations for summer eyes that shine. Daniel Sandler Beyond Sunset Eye Shadow Quad (£28) A beautiful palette, featuring a dark brown, a grey (with subtle sparkle), a shimmering metallic gold and a sandy nude. It’s a beautiful palette allowing you to add as much gold as you dare. NYX Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Shadow Pencils (£5) These affordable, highly pigmented pencils work well as a base for powder shadow, or alone and come in a range of shades, for a metallic look though, check out Yoghurt (rose gold), Gold, Bronze and Rust, as well as French Fries (a coppery shade, and Iced Mocha (a metallic taupe shade), at such a great price, you can afford to try a few! Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Colour Concentrate Pigments (£9.50) Highly pigmented, these little pots will last a long time. Offering a large colour range, many of which are metallic. Auric and Triptych are all variations on gold, with Iced being a wonderful silver, and Cruising is a gorgeous bronze shade. Milani Baked Eye Shadow (£5) Milani’s baked eye shadows are the essence of summer having been baked on Italian terracotta tiles. The shades are medley of shades swirled together for a unique shade, try Copper Excess or Drench in Gold. Violet Voss Metal Pigment (£7.50) The clue is in the name with these beautifully rich pigments, a primer will give you the best result when using these, but all the shades are metallic from Big Apple (a rich deep burgundy shade), Tinsel Town (silver) and Sin City, a beautiful Ochre gold. Be sure to take a look at the full line up. Sugarpill Loose Eye Shadow Pigments (£9.95) When it comes to metallic, Sugarpill get it right, every single time. The new Loose Eye Shadow Pigments are all metallic to some degree, but look out for Charmy (pinky peach with silver) and Grand Tiara (bright metallic silver). Metallic eye liners are not as easy to come by, but have a look at these. The Eye of Horus Goddess Pencils (£17) This Egyptian inspired brand offer a range of metallic eye pencils, from Bronze Amulet, through to metallic purples and greens, the pencils are waterproof and long wearing. Neve Cosmetics Pastello Eye Liner Pencil (£3.95) These affordable eye liners don’t scrimp on quality or colour range, there are many to choose from, but for metallic shades, look out for Bronze and Gold.

Ombre Lips

Ombre Lips

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The ombre hair trend seems to be on its way out now, but there’s a new ombre trend on the horizon, and that’s the ombre lip look. The ombre lip can be found all over Instagram and is proving hugely popular with brands, bloggers, make up artists and cosmetic lovers alike. It’s something you can make as dramatic or as subtle as you like and the beauty and appeal of it is not just its versatility, but its ability to make your pout look extra plump. What is the Ombre Lip? Essentially it’s a graduation of colour, from dark to light, from either the outer corners inwards or from the lip line top and bottom, towards the inner lip. While currently experiencing an Instagram revolution, it’s a look that has actually been used over the years on the runways of Dior, Miu Miu, and many more catwalks. The origins are rooted in drag artistry and theatre, where the object was to make lips look as large as possible. To achieve the look, it’s important to prep and prime the lips to make your amazing work last as long as possible. Exfoliate them, apply balm and apply a primer, such as OCC’s Lip Tar Primer (£13.00) which is full of beautiful ingredients to moisturise and prime. Alternatively you can use a lip pencil as a base. Your next step is to choose your colours, so for example you want a red ombre look choose two reds, one darker, one lighter. So for this example choose shades such as Gerard Cosmetics Cherry Cordial Lipstick (£12.50) along with a lighter shade such as Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Best Red (£5). Taking a lip brush such as Cozzette’s P2355 Stylist Lip Brush (£11.95), apply your lighter shade all over the lips, taking care to get good clean lines around the edges, and go over the centres directly from the lipstick bullet after, to get full coverage. Then take your darker shade and add just to the outer corners of the lips, blending it gradually in towards the centre, and the main shade. The great thing about this look is you can make it as dramatic as you like, taking the dark colour further in, or further along the top and bottom lip line or providing real contrast in the two shades you use. Using OCC’s Lip Tars (£13.00) you could go for something really bold, how about Pool Boy (blue) and Mannequin (bubble gum pink), or something slight less bold but eye catching nonetheless, try combining a peachy coral, with a bubble gum pink, with colours such as Milani’s Color Statement Lipstick in Fruit Punch and the OCC Lip Tar in Cha-cha. Of course, the look can be used to create a fuller looking pout, while using more natural shades, just pick your favourites, but stick to nude tones with colours such as Daniel Sandler’s Luxury Lipstick in Pucker (£13) combined with Milani’s Color Statement Lipstick in Naturally Chic or Nude Crème. The Ombre Lip Look certainly looks like it’s going to be sticking around for a while and we think it’s a great trend that everyone can adapt to suit themselves, regardless of tastes!

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Spotlight on Everyday Minerals

Spotlight on Everyday Minerals

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

There aren’t many mineral cosmetic lines that can post the fantastic range of products Everyday Minerals offer, the range is extensive offering a large selection of not only cosmetics, but brushes too. We are delighted to be the UK’s largest stockists of the range. Based in Austin, Texas, Everyday Minerals was founded by Carina Menzies who is dedicated to finding the purest natural ingredients from around the world. After working for several major cosmetic lines she realised that few offered the simple natural products that she was looking for. All products are 100% vegan, sustainable and of course, cruelty free and the brand aim to offer high quality cosmetics at affordable prices. Brushes and Brush Rolls Each Everyday Minerals brush handle is made from 100% bamboo while the synthetic bristles are soft and perfect for mineral application, while our Brush Rolls for storing your brushes are all made of bamboo fabric and hand dyed in Austin, Texas. Concealers, Correctors, Foundations and Powders Everyday Minerals offer an extensive range of base products. Starting with the Correctors (£5.95), these lightweight powders come in Mint for neutralising redness and Sunlight to make under eye circles disappear on fair to medium skin tones. Also available is Brighten, a soft pink colour, to be used under foundation to brighten with light diffusing pigments. Moving onto foundations, from the Matte Base (£10.95), a beautiful matte foundation mineral powder in a large range of shades, to the Jojoba Base (£10.95) which is a satin finish, for all skin types. If you like neither a satin nor matte finish, then you can opt to try the Semi-Matte Base, which is somewhere between the two. The Everyday Minerals concealer comes in eight shades catering for every skin tone while the Caranauba Concealer (£6.95) is extra silky and creamy. Bronzers and Cheek Colours The range of Face Bronzers (£9.95) available is amazing with a shade available for every skin tone and both shimmer and matte finishes, there really is a bronzer for everyone. There are twelve blush shades available (£9.95), each is well pigmented, velvety on the skin and luminous. Eye Liners and Eye Shadows The Everyday Minerals Eye Liners (£6.95) come in ten beautiful shades, each in a sifter jar. The Eye Shadows (£5.95) are available in Pearl, Shimmer and Matte finishes with many shades to choose from, all are best applied over a priming product and all come in sifter pots. Lips The Tinted Lip Butters (£4.95) are created with shea butter, murumuru butter, marula oil, passionfruit oil and meadowfoam seed oil and offer a nourishing gloss finish. There are eleven shades to choose from and at that prices you can afford to choose a couple! Sets The Colour Kits are a great way to try out mini sizes of products and get a whole “look” in one great kit, for example the Who’s That Girl? Kit contains mini sizes of Peony Petal Blush, Cameo Blush, More I See Eye Shadow, We Will Eye Shadow, Special Delivery Eye Shadow, Summer Of 14' Eye Shadow with a Baby Flat Top Brush While the The Real You kit contains mini sizes of Poised To Perfection Skin Tint,Calm & Collected Skin Tint, Bronzed Finishing Dust, Pearl Finishing Dust, Finishing Dust, Sunlight Finishing Dust and a Baby Flat Top Brush. So do check out all the different kits we offer. Finally, please note we also sell samples of several of the products, this is especially helpful if you just don’t know what shades to get. Samples are 50p and we offer samples of cheek colours, finishing dusts and bronzers.

Airbrushing

Airbrushing

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Airbrush make up is a technique that has been around since the mid 1920’s but has become more popular since the invention of high definition TV. Liquid and powder based foundations can be seen more on HD TV whereas airbrushing gives a more even, natural and flawless appearance. It can be water, alcohol, silicone or polymer based. Advantages of airbrush make up: 1. Lasts longer than liquid or powder based foundation meaning less touch ups throughout the day. Airbrushed make up can last up to 18 hours. 2. Brilliant for sensitive skin. It is gentle and doesn’t clog up your pores. Water based and oil free airbrush make up is the best for anyone with sensitive skin or skin conditions such as eczema or acne. 3. It is lightweight but it gives a full even coverage. It is great for covering up acne, birth marks, tattoos and other blemishes. 4. It is usually waterproof, sweat proof and tear proof. You can also get oil free make up. 5. It can be blended and mixed with other colour to create you desired shades. 6. It is more sanitary than using sponges, fingers or make up brushes. The airbrush never touches the skin, meaning there is virtually no risk of cross-infection/cross-contamination. This is why professional make up artists love it so much. 7. It can be used for more than just foundation application. You can use the airbrush to apply eye shadow, blusher and lip colour. Tips for applying airbrush make up: 1. Choose the foundation colour you require or mix different shades together until you get the best shade for your skin tone and apply a primer first if you desire. 2. Hold the airbrush about 6 inches away from your face. 3. Start on your forehead and gradually work down applying the make up one side of the face at a time using ever strokes. 4. Once you have done one application look at your face carefully. Sometimes one application is enough to give the coverage you need. If you feel you need more gradually build up the layers one at a time, on average 2-3 layers is usually enough. Once the foundation hits your face it dries almost immediately. It should only take around 2- minutes for you to reach your desired look. 5. If you are trying to cover up blemishes you may need to hold the airbrush a little closer to your face and concentrate on the affected areas. The great thing about airbrushing is that when you concentrate on specific areas and you build up a few layers it doesn’t go cakey like other foundations do. It just leaves you with a flawless, even coverage. 6. Remember to concentrate around your nose, eyelids and close to your ears and these areas can get missed. 7. You can even use it on your neck chest and other areas of your body if you want to cover up tattoos, scars or varicose veins. 8. You can then apply eye shadow, blusher and lip colour using the airbrush.

Eye of Horus Christmas Offer

Eye of Horus Christmas Offer

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

Check out this offer - just in time for Christmas! Buy any full size product and buy either a liquid liner, charcoal or bronze liner for half price! You will also receive a black cosmetics bag, pencil sharpener and mirror! How can you resist such a great offer - would make a lovely stocking filler or treat for yourself.

Summer Beauty Survival Tips – Get Your Glow On!

by Amanda @ Odara Mineral Beauty

Surf’s Up!   It’s official…that season we spend an entire year thinking about has arrived (according to the Met Office)!  Well….it did….for a short while….then it was back to the usual Scottish rain and greyness and with it a flurry of resident vampire midges.  What a way to start!  But it won’t be long before it’s […]

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Find Your Perfect Foundation

by Daniella Solazzo @ Mii

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Spring 2014

Spring 2014

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

Spring 2014 Colour Trends When it comes to colour, Pantone know all there is to know. Each year they announce a colour of the year, with the shade for 2014 being Radiant Orchid. Pantone have declared purple to be the dominant hue of the year because it can “intrigue the eye and spark the imagination” and Radiant Orchid itself is a particularly pinky purple but it’s not Pantone’s only prediction for 2014. Along with their colour of the year they do seasonal recommendations and those are very much led by the colours seen on the catwalks, so not only are our make-up looks inspired by catwalks, but the colours we wear are too. Spring sees a colour for everyone appearing in the ten recommended shades from brights to pastels, through to neutrals, so here’s our quick run-down of the Spring Trend Shades! Starting with Colour of the Year, Radiant Orchid. A beautiful pink toned purple, you can get the look with Sigma’s single eye shadow in Allure. If you’re feeling like rocking the purple lip then OCC’s Lip Tar in Hoochie will be a close match! Then we have Placid Blue. The colour of peaceful calm sea. Add a wash of the NYX Cosmetics Loose Powder Ultra Pearl in Baby Blue to get the look. Violet Tulip is a romantic vintage purple, like purple flowers in the garden. It blends beautifully with shades already mentioned so add a dash of eyeliner, we’d recommend Neve Cosmetics Pastello Eye Liner in Lilac. Hemlock is a summery pastel green and again, works well to add a flash of something different to the shades already mentioned. Yaby Cosmetics do a Pearl Paint eyeshadow in Spring Garden which is perfect. Paloma is the first neutral shade and is a soft grey that goes with everything. Everyday Minerals Pearl shadow in Wood Sorrell is the perfect match and again goes with all of the above shades. Sand is the second of the two neutral shades recommended for Spring and it makes a beautiful pairing with the green of Hemlock. Get the look with Everyday Minerals Matte shadow in Driftwood. Entering the bright end of the Spring palette of colours we have Cayenne. A beautiful spicy red. Either go for the OCC Lip Tar in Psycho, or if you’re feeling brave go for a cayenne shade on your eyes. NYX’s Ultra Pearl loose shadows come in a beautiful Orange Zest shade that would be perfect. Celosia Orange is the second of the bright shades and is a beautiful orange that goes beautifully with the Violet Tulip shade. Grab the OCC Stained Gloss Lip Tar in Androgyne for a perfect Spring lip look! Freesia! Freesia is bright, vivid yellow. OCC’s Colour Concentrate Pigment in Pollen Count is a beautiful bright yellow and perfect for Spring. Dazzling Blue is the final colour for Spring and is strong and vibrant. Sugarpill’s Pressed eye shadow in Velocity is spot on. Whether you opt for one of these shades or several, you can be sure of being absolutely on trend with your colours this Spring!

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Your Brush’s BFF

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Cruelty free makeup and vegan free cosmetics from OutsidetheBox

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BE COYOTE New Partnership

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We have just partnered with Tammin Sursok as the official makeup used in Tammins new webseries – “Aussie Girl”.

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Colour Crazy

Colour Crazy

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

Natural looking cosmetics and the No-make-up look will never go out of fashion but products on the market these days mean that no colour is out of bounds for the brave at heart. Yellow eye shadow? No problem! Green Lips? No problem! The world is literally your very colourful oyster. But what if you want to inject a little colour into your life but you’re a little on the timid side and perhaps green lips aren’t quite right for you? Well fear not, there’s plenty on the market for you too and there are plenty of ways to wear colour so you don’t feel like your face is screaming “look at me”. For the truly brave, how about No She Didn’t lipstick by Lime Crime, a vivid bubblegum blue with a hint of turquoise but if you’re not quite ready for blue yet, then plump for a bright range or a red Lip or even a neon pink such as OCC’s Anime Lip Tar. If you’re shy, keep the rest of your look simple with clear skin, minimal blusher and defined brows. If you fancy keeping the lips a more subtle shade but injecting some colour into your eye make up, there are literally no limits. For the brave amongst us, look for products packed with pigment to really make a statement, such as the Sugarpill pressed shadows which come in a veritable rainbow of colours, you can even create an actual rainbow if that should take your fancy! Just blend, blend, blend! If however you want to try bold colours on the eyes but you’re not quite up to a whole rainbow, there are various ways to make this work. Coloured mascara is a great item to have in your arsenal, keep things simple and add a splash of colour on the lashes, aqua or blue for example, but this season even sees yellow mascara being released by one high end brand so it’s not just the smaller brands pulling out the stops colour wise. Either apply all over your lashes as you would with your usual mascara, or to just the tips of your lashes, or even just to a few lashes on the outer corners. The easiest way to add a pop of colour that isn’t too daring is to opt for a bright eyeliner. Pencil, liquid, gel are usual formulas but a fine brush and a pigmented shadow would work just as well and may even be more effective for the timid. Lime Crime Uniliners are liquid eyeliners in a range of vivid shades for adding a little pop of colour above your lashes. We recommend Orchidaceous, a matte violet purple. Bright enough to get noticed but not so crazy you’ll feel self-conscious. Remember a primer is always worth investing in to wear underneath your chosen shades, not only will it improve the wear time but it’ll also get the most out of the shade.

Our 360 degree approach to Natural Makeup and Skincare

by Jules Derrick @ Outsidethebox Makeup

  If you are reading this, it’s a reasonably safe bet that you care about unknowingly putting harmful chemicals on your body. ( Face and body that is.) Not forgetting the fact that those often irritating chemicals in “beauty products” may have also been cruelly tested on animals. Having worked for the last 6 months […]

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Spring Trend Products Part 2

Spring Trend Products Part 2

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

In part 1 of the Spring Trend Products posts, we showed you how to achieve two of the most wearable trends on the catwalk, using products we stock. We featured red lips and the colour purple. For this second and final part we will be sharing with you some of our products that we feel are perfect for two more trends, Black Eyeliner and Bronzer. Black Eyeliner Although black eyeliner never really dates, it’s on the catwalks that we see how it’s going to be worn in coming seasons. While black eyeliner featured heavily on the catwalks for this Spring/Summer, the classic cat eye flick was nowhere to be seen. Instead, in several high profile shows, models wore their eyeliner on top and bottom lashes, but from the middle of the lash line only, extending out past the end of the eye, only slightly. It’s a modern twist but not too avant garde for those of us who are not models to wear. To achieve such a look, a precision liner is essential, in particular liquid liner or even a gel product with a precise brush. In terms of liquid liners, we would recommend the Eye of Horus Liquid Define Eye Liner (£17), its smudge proof, waterproof and long lasting and delivers a sharp precise line. When it comes to gel liners, these usually come in small pots or jars, requiring a precision eyeliner brush with which to paint on your lines. The Sigma Gel Eyeliner in wicked (£10.95) promises intense pigmentation and a fluid-like finish, while the Viseart Longwear Black Eye Liner Gel (£15.95) promises water and smudge resistance as well as long lasting hold. Bronzer Models were either bronzed to perfection on the catwalks, or pale and interesting. When it comes to bronzer, it can be easy to get wrong, wearing the wrong shade for your skin or applying too much can be a no no, as well as wearing shimmer finishes in the day time. As a general rule, wear your shimmery bronzers in the evenings, and keep matte finishes for the day. Starting with day (matte) bronzers, we offer the Daniel Sandler Instant Tan (£22.50). It’s water resistant and won’t turn you orange, and is suitable for all skin tones. We also offer the Neve Cosmetics Kalahari Bronzer Powder (£9.95), a loose powder that gives a smooth finish, just dust on lightly where ever you normally catch the sun. For an evening mascara, then don’t be afraid to opt for products with a touch of shimmer. Milani’s Baked Bronzers (£7) come in three shades, Golden, Soleil and Glow. Each shade marbles several shades together for a luminous finish. Also worth a look at are the Everyday Minerals Face Bronzers (£9.95). Available in five shades these offer a range of finishes for a range of different skin tones. From dark through to light, from matte through to positively glowing, for an evening shade we’d recommend the shade Soft Bronzer, described as a lovely translucent bronzer which gives a dewy glow.

Importance of good eye brows.

Importance of good eye brows.

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

Good eyebrows are big news. A cursory look around the internet will present you with a plethora of (mostly cruel) meme’s dedicated to those of use with poor eyebrows and eyebrows have been a huge feature on catwalks for the last few seasons, in no small part thanks to Cara Delevingne. For many of us who lived through the nineties, brows were plucked nearly into oblivion and thin lines were ‘de rigueur’, meaning the new fashion of thicker, fuller brows can seem nigh on impossible to achieve but there are ways to achieve a fuller eyebrow, you just need to know what to use. The first step is to purchase one of the several products on the market that stimulate the brow’s growth. There are well documented reviews of these products if you have a look around and it can be possible to grow back hair you thought you’d lost forever. Another tip is to get your eyebrows professionally tinted. A skilled beautician will tint all the fine hairs that you can’t really see and build them into your eyebrow shape. The easiest way to achieve a fuller looking brow of course is to use cosmetics. There’s a wide variety of eyebrow products on the market, usually in powder or pencil form, although there are also products like mascaras for your eyebrows and even pens that look like liquid liners. It’s a question of taste and what you find easiest but one of the most effective ways to enhance your brows is with a fine brush and a powder. The Sigma Brow Powders come in a range of colours which cover most hair colours Another brilliant product is the NYX Eye Brow Kit. Available in four shades, each kit contains 4 shadows for brows so you can pick your closest match or mix the shades to get your perfect blend. Also included is an eyelash comb and brush, along with stencils to help you achieve the perfect shape. Regardless of whether you are trying to enhance thin brows or are blessed with brows Cara Delevingne would be proud of, there are two final steps all brows could benefit from. Firstly, highlighting the brow bone. Use a product to highlight the brow bone directly underneath the brow. Pick a light pink or champagne shade, sticking to shimmer for evenings and matte for day wear. The Sigma Brow Highlighting Pencil covers both eventualities by being dual ended, with a shimmering end and a matte end. Draw a line under your brow and blend out. This will really help to open up the eye area and draw attention to those beautiful brows. The final step is to set the brow, and tame those unruly hairs. Comb the brows and then apply either a clear mascara or a wax to keep them looking groomed. The NYX Clear Wax Eye Brow Shaper Pencil is perfect. We may not all be blessed with Elizabeth Taylor brows but with a little bit of TLC we can get them looking impeccably groomed!

How to Make Money with the NCINC Affiliate Program

by Diane Dale @ NCInc.

We are very pleased to finally announce the launch of our affiliate program here at NCINC, this is something that has been in the works for a while now and something a lot of our customers have been requesting from us. If you are familiar with affiliate programs, you can go and register your account ...

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July Special – 2016

by becoyote @ BE COYOTE Mineral Makeup

For the entire month of July, you will receive 15% OFF sitewide by using the code: July Yes you heard correctly! Any product, any shade and as many as you like. It’s the perfect time to try that product you have had your eye on, or stock up on your favourites! Please feel free to […]

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Spot Light On Lime Crime

Spot Light On Lime Crime

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

Lime Crime cosmetics was founded in 2008 by model, lifestyle blogger and makeup artist and Unicorn Queen, Doe Deere. Doe was born in Russia and grew up in New York. Before founding her cosmetics business she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and studied fashion design and illustration. Half way through the course she dropped out to start her own label Lime Crime. This was around the time she started experimenting with makeup. She loved make up but couldn’t find the bright and daring colours she was looking for. It was also important to her that the cosmetics she used were cruelty free.  During this time Doe was blogging about make up and sharing how to videos on her blog. She had a huge following and people waited for her posts and videos with anticipation. She then decided to start up her own company using the Lime Crime name and make the vibrant colours she was looking for herself. Since she was a child Doe has loved anything to do with fairy tales and fantasy lands. She has even named herself the Unicorn Queen and the Lime Crime logo is a purple unicorn. She loves anything that embodies fantasy including mermaids and fairies and has even dyed her hair purple, her favourite colour. As a child she loved fantasy films such as The Labyrinth and anything including mermaids and unicorns. Doe also loves wordplay and uses it to name her products. Examples include New Yolk City (Yellow Lipstick), Jade-O-Lade (Jade eye shadow) and Orchidaceous (Violet purple). As well as the vibrant pigmented colours Doe was passionate about making her cosmetics cruelty free and vegan. Today Lime Crime cosmetics are cruelty free and mostly suitable for vegans (Always read the labels). The company also makes a conscious effort to support local animal rescue charities and shelters. Lime Crime was certified cruelty free by PETA in April 2009. Some of their top selling products include: Eye shadow palettes – Options include Aquataenia, d’Antionette, Alchemy and Chinadoll Candyfuture lipsticks - Colours include Airborne Unicorn, Poisonberry, Mint to be, Contessa Flourescent and many more bold colours. Zodiac cosmetic glitter – Transport yourself to Doe Deere’s magical unicorn fantasy land. Uniliner liquid eyeliner – Colours include Lunar, Citreuse, and 6th Element. Lime Crime is all about being different and standing out from the crowd. Follow your own rules and don’t be afraid to experiment with bold colours and looks. Create your own fantasy land. Doe now lives in Los Angeles with her husband Mark, who is also her business partner and her three cats. Lime Crime headquarters have also moved from New York to LA. She is still actively involved in creating new products and the running of Lime Crime. She has said in interviews that some of her favourite Lime Crime products are her eye catching lipsticks and glosses, these include: Candy purple lipstick Airborne Unicorn lipstick Candy Apple lip gloss Doe was named one of the ‘Top Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs ‘by SELF-MADE magazine. You can follow her in her magical fantasy land at www.doedeereblogazine.com.

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Get beautiful skin and follow a cruelty free lifestyle with Outsidethebox

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We don’t know about you but our busy lives probably don’t mirror those of many celebrities!….Not for us can we spend hours daily in hair and makeup or luxuriate in weekly trips to spa heaven where beauty treatments are lavished on us and let’s be honest, if thats how much it costs ………it’s no wonder […]

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S/S 2016 Make Up Trends

S/S 2016 Make Up Trends

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

It’s cold and wet outside and while we are embracing the berry tones and golds of the season, there’s no harm in taking a sneaky look into the future and seeing what we’ve got to look forward to in Spring and Summer next year. We’ve picked out the most wearable looks from the S/S 2016 catwalks, and here’s our run down of the looks which are most likely to cascade down to the high street over the next few months Skin Ultra natural is the go-to look for Spring Summer. Absolutely bare skin featured prominently with the sheerest foundation at a push. Both were on show on the catwalks of Emmanuel Ungaro, Isabel Marant, Jil Sander, Chloe and Versace while the Roland Mouret models sported a post-gym glow. On the Emmanuel Ungaro and Francesco Scognamiglio models, the make up artists had added sprinklings of freckles for a fresh outdoorsy look. Blush There were three main blush looks on the catwalks. The first ties in with the barefaced look already mentioned, and that is no blush at all, at the very most a light dusting of bronzer. The second look, seen on the Alexander McQueen models, was a luminous flushed glow, as though you’ve just stepped inside after a walk on a cold windy day. The final look was an extremely bold 70’s style cheek paired with the 70’s influenced eyes detailed below. Eyes Spring and Summer catwalk make up focused heavily on colour and more vibrant looks than have been seen in recent years. Holly Fulton and Alexis Mabille models wore 70’s inspired hues of green and blue, which the Alexis Mabille models had teamed their green and blue eyes with bold coral cheeks. Giambattista Valli, Missoni, Vaccarello and Issey Miyake all opted for blocks of bold colour in neon pinks, reds, blues, turquoises and even yellow. Blue, Teal or Turquoise glitter was also in evidence worn both as eyeliner (Dries Van Noten) and in place of eyeshadow (Manish Arora). False lashes were everywhere, on the Marni, Sibling, Giles and Mary Kantrantzou catwalks, and frequently mascara worn heavily to create a false lash look, lashes look to be taking off where the brow trend of the last few years has left off. For the more reserved among us, you will be pleased to hear that the classic black kohl was seen on Chloe and Rochas models, worn along the waterline with just mascara or a soft smokey look. Finally Pale pink washes of eyeshadow were the focus of the Dior and Lanvin models for a simple, pretty, Spring look. Lips Dolce & Gabbana both focused on soft pink natural lips, with Nina Ricci’s models going for a no holds barred high shine red lip. In our next blog post we’ll share some of our key products to help achieve these looks so keep an eye out!

English Mineral Makeup features in the Yahoo! Christmas 2015 Gift Guide!

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The English Mineral Makeup Company features in Yahoo! Christmas 2015 Gift Guide! Read the Full article here: https://uk.style.yahoo.com

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Spring - Summer 2015

Spring - Summer 2015

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

On the blog we recently talked about Pantone’s colour of year, Marsala, which you can expect to see everywhere throughout 2015, but what else can we expect to be wearing and seeing in Spring/Summer 2015 in terms of cosmetics? We look to the catwalks to find the most wearable trends, those that are most likely to filter down to us next season. Bleached/Barely There Brows – After season after season with brows being a primary focus, for this Spring/Summer, bold brows barely feature. Instead models were seen at Prada and Miu Miu with thin pencil drawn brows, while Alexander Wang and Givenchy bleached their models brows. Natural – bare faced chic was seen all over the catwalks, from Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler. Marc Jacob’s models in fact wore no make up at all, while the Proenza Schouler models had concealer only. Dewy Skin – following on from the natural look, complexions were very definitely powder free on the catwalks. Marni, Simone Rocha and Donna Karan models all sported dewy skin, with Thakoon and Blumarine adding lipgloss to eyelids for high shine. Red Lip – The red lip never really goes out of fashion, but at the Spring/Summer shows, every shade of red you can imagine was seen. Missoni opted for orange tinged lips, Burberry and Zac Posen had models in bold scarlet, while Topshop Unique and Dolce & Gabbana opted for smudged berry hues. Purple – Seen on the Derek Lam, Vera Wang and Matthew Williamson models, shades varied from pretty lilac through to deep smoky grape, with everything in between. Purple will be big this year. Black Eyeliner – as with red lips, black eyeliner never goes out of style, but this season will see us saying goodbye to the classic cat eye flick. Celine, Prad and Narciso Rodriguez models all wore their black liner from the middle of the top and bottom lash line only, extending just past the outer corners, while Just Cavalli models sported bold black lines on the lower lash line only. Hair – low ponytails, braids and crimping seemed to be the order of the day on the catwalks, along with decorative hair accessories, gold, floral and bold were all seen, with gold leading the way. Bronzer – bronzer was seen all over the runways, namely Michael Kors, Prabal Gurung, Diane Von Furstenberg as well as Alexander Wang. In terms of colour, aside from purples and red lips, there was an overall lack of colour generally speaking, however, blue and teal shades cropped up in striking eye looks from Honor, Fendi, Holly Fulton and Ellie Saab. It’s looking likely that Spring/Summer 2015 is going to be all about the natural look, with less attention being given to brows, and more attention being given to beautiful, glowing skin. A perfect look for warmer weather, and with the right base products, quite achievable for us mere mortals.

Depotting

Depotting

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

You may have noticed we stock a variety of different empty cosmetic palettes. Generally these come in two types, those that contain wells (such as the Vueset Bonanza or Tahiti palettes) which are for housing cream products, and those that are magnetic (such as the Z Palettes or the Yaby Personal Palette), for holding metal pans of cosmetics. With some brands, such as Yaby, it’s possible to buy eye shadow refills, or singles, that is, they come in a metal pan, with no exterior packaging, meaning you need somewhere to house your pans of colour and this is where the magnetized palettes come in especially handy as you can just pop your refill pans into the palette. Usually, buying refill products are cheaper than buying fully packaged products meaning you’ll save a bit of money by housing your shadows in this manner. The other use for both types of palette is for housing your depotted products. Depotting is the practice of removing a makeup product, such as an eye shadow, blush or lipstick from its original packaging and placing it into more practical packaging, such as a palette. It’s a trick used by make up artists, but it’s one that is handy for the casual cosmetics hoarder too. Let’s say for example, you have five palettes, each containing four shadows that you use regularly, wouldn’t it be nice to have all of the shadows in one place, making it easier to locate the shade you want, and giving you less to carry around. Why carry four palettes around, when you can carry one? And what about those lipsticks? If you’re a person who likes to apply lipstick with a lip brush, then using a palette with wells, to house all your most popular shades, makes life much easier in that you can find the shade you are after at a glance, and instead of carrying around 10 tubes of lipstick, you can have just one little palette, holding all your colours. If you’ve decided you’d like to carry all your lipsticks around in one palette, well that’s the easy bit, simply slice the bullet of colour off the lipstick mechanism and plonk it into one well of your pan, keep going with one colour per well, until you’ve filled your palette. Eye shadows and blushers however, can be a bit trickier to depot. Some brands encourage the act of depotting and make their eye shadows pop right out of their packaging, others however take some skill to remove, and it’s best perhaps to practice on a product you won’t be sad about breaking, or that is cheap to replace. For the products that don’t simply pop out of their packaging, removing them will usually require the application of heat to the bottom of the packaging, which will help to melt the glue holding them in place. We would strongly advise referring to one of the many tutorials available online to help with this process, or you may well waste money instead of save it. If you’re a mass hoarder of make up, why not organise your eye shadows into palettes of similar or contrasting shades, creating a palette of all your neutral shades, and another with all your purples and pinks, and so on. You’ll find your storage areas become less cluttered and products become easier to find.

April Give Away

April Give Away

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

For April 's free competition we will be giving away a gorgeous Alexami Mineral Blush Entry is open to anyone over 18 - no purchase necessary. To enter all you have to do is email us with your contact details and follow us on Facebook and Twitter The winners name will be published here at the beginning of May Good Luck! Winner - Abbie Youell.  Thanks to all that entered - better luck next time.              

Contouring and Highlighting

Contouring and Highlighting

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Makeup Artists have often used their tricks of the trade to create a carefully sculpted face but once Kim Kardashian put photographs of her extreme contouring process on her Instagram account, contouring and highlighting really hit the mainstream. Highlighting is the art of using light coloured products to enhance the areas of your face you want to bring to the fore and contouring uses darker shades to add shadows to areas of the face you wish to minimise. Using a combination of both can enhance bone structure and can alter the appearance of a face shape if done correctly. There are two methods, the first is to apply your contouring and highlighting under your foundation (for this method you will want cream products if you are using a cream foundation) and then blend in as you apply your foundation. The second method is to add your contouring and highlighting after your foundation. Doing the latter can create a more dramatic effect, more suitable for a night out unless you go more lightly with your products. When it comes to which products to use it’s always useful to have a powder duo such as Daniel Sandler’s Sculpt and Slim which contains both a matte contouring powder and a subtle shimmer highlighter. If you’d prefer to use cream products, look for a concealer or foundation two shades lighter than your skin tone for highlighting and a concealer or foundation two shades darker than your skin tone to contour. Contours: To contour you will want to apply your product under your cheek bone, in the hollow. If you have a forehead that you’d like to appear smaller, add some product along your hairline and down to your temples, and add some along your jaw line. Finally contour down either side of your nose, from the eyebrows to the tip of your nose. Highlights: Highlight under your eyes and along your cheekbones, your chin, between your eyebrows and up onto your forehead and right down the centre of your nose. Then it’s just a case of blending. If you are opting to apply the products under your foundation, you can blend it as you apply your foundation. If you are applying on top of your foundation, take extra care to blend ensuring you haven’t got stripes of colour on your face. As contouring and highlighting can leave you with several layers of product, it’s important to finish up with a good dusting of setting powder, such as NYX HD Studio Finishing Powder. This will set your products and help to keep any shine at bay. If you’ve opted to go with cream products you can, as a final step, go over all your highlights and contours with powder contouring and highlighting products to really enhance your newly sculpted face. It’s a fantastic technique and very useful for creating cheek bones if you feel you have none!

Spring Make Up

Spring Make Up

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The crocuses and daffodils are slowly pushing up through the frozen earth and some days the sun is even shining, here at Cocktail Cosmetics it certainly feels like Spring. It maybe a little premature, but here are our suggestions to bring a touch of Spring to your make up. Moving into warmer weather can mean lighter, dewier finishes are more suitable for our base products and we’d suggest priming with Neve’s Brightening BioPrimer (£9.50) before opting for a dewy finish foundation, or tinted moisturiser.Daniel Sandler’s Invisible Radiance Foundation is ideal, and also includes a concealer cleverly hidden in the lid, but if a powder mineral foundation is your preference, try opting for something like Everyday Minerals Jojoba Base (£10.95), which has a lightweight satin finish. Finish with your concealer, and the lightest dusting of powder if necessary, but only sweep it on areas that really need setting, you want to try and keep the light, fresh look on your skin. If you have one, a cream highlight would be fantastic for this look. Powder Highlighters can sometimes be heavy on the glitter or the shimmer, we are just looking to add some glow, dot and blend your highlighter to your cheekbones, Glo Minerals gloHighlighter (£12.00) is ideal. When it comes to blusher there are so many pretty Spring shades to choose for, but a coral such as Milani’s Luminoso Baked Blush (£5.00) or a pretty pink like Lily Lolo Mineral Blush in Candy Girl (£7.29) would be ideal. Apply sparingly to the apples of the cheeks. Bronzer should be applied sparingly. Try Everyday Minerals Face Bronzer in Soft Bronzer which as the name suggests, is a subtle bronzer, imparting a light glow, rather than a high-Summer bronze. For a Spring look, heavy eye make is a no-no, keep things simple with a soft neutral eye. Try shades from either the Sigma Fall Softly Eye Shadow Palette (£29.95) or the NYX Cosmetics Natural Shadow Palette (£8.00). Add liner to your top lash line, gel or pencil, whichever you are most comfortable with, black or brown is fine. For an extra touch of Spring you can add a paste shade liner to your bottom lash line, something like NYX Cosmetics Slide on Eye Pencil in Green Papaya (£7.50) or Neve Cosmetics Pastello Eye Liner Pencil in Lilac (£3.95). This will add a real pop of colour to your Spring look, but it is of course optional. Finally, you want to keep the lips soft and pretty, to remain in keeping with the rest of the look. Opt either for a pink or neutral lipstick, or a sheer gloss. Our favourite Spring shades are Gerard Cosmetics Sugar Mama Lighted Lipgloss (£14.95) and Lily Lolo Natural Lip Gloss in Peachy Keen (£7.29) for lipglosses, or for lipsticks try Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Divine, Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Nude Crème (£5) or Neve Cosmetics Dessert A Levres lipstick in Pink Donut (£9.95).

Best Mineral Foundation – The Conception

by Amanda @ Odara Mineral Beauty

Born out of love, the best mineral foundation came swirling, tapping and buffing into the world…. You will have probably seen by now that there are 5 fantastic shades to choose from!  That’s just for starters.  I kind of figured this would, by no means, be an easy or comfortable process and decision making would be tough but probably […]

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How to Achieve the No Make Up Look

How to Achieve the No Make Up Look

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How to Achieve the No Make-up Make-up look! The natural look never ever goes out of date but it's not always easy to look like a fresh faced natural beauty when you don’t feel it, but with our tips, looking as though you just climbed out of bed looking fabulous is within your grasp.  The first step is good prep, which you all do regardless right? This means cleansing and following up with a good moisturiser. Then we come to your base. Look for the lowest coverage you can get away with, so something like a tinted moisturiser is perfect, but if you need more coverage, pick a foundation with a dewy finish. We like the Illuminare Moisturising Fantastic Finish Foundation (£21.95) which is a mineral foundation providing a light to medium coverage which leaves skin softly luminous. If you need a concealer on blemishes, do it at this point, but try to keep it to a minimum and blend out carefully. Then we need to add some blush, for a natural flush that delivers a healthy glow, stick to a cream blush, such as the 100% Pure Cosmetics Pot Rouge Blush and try to pick a shade that is close to the shade you naturally blush. Blend out carefully with fingers. At this point it’s a good idea to set your base with a spray. There are many of these on the market, but look for one that will allow you to set your make up but keep things looking glowy. Skindinavia Moisture Lock Make Up Setting Spray is designed for this purpose and will create a luminous and dewy finish. Eye make up should be kept to a minimum, ditch the eyeliner and the eye shadow, but if eye shadow is a must then keep it pale and interesting, a cream, beige, pale gold would all work well. Mascara is a must and take care to really work it into the roots of your lashes and be sure to comb them when finished. The illusion of wearing no make up will be ruined if your mascara is clumpy! Brows should be softly defined, so fill in with a brush and an eye shadow that matches your natural brow shade and keep them looking groomed, but natural. As with the eyes, lips should be kept minimal. If you’re wanting to look as though you’re wearing no make up then that red lipstick is probably best relegated to the back of the drawer on this occasion. Instead, exfoliate your lips (we recommend an old, soft, toothbrush) to get rid of any dead skin and to get them kissably soft and then apply. Then add a tinted lip balm if possible, or add lipstick but blot it to remove most of the colour and shine, leaving only a “just bitten” tint behind. Looking as though you are not wearing make up when in fact you are takes a little effort but it’s well worth it and is the perfect look for any occasion.

Pantone Colour of the Year

Pantone Colour of the Year

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Pantone Colours of the Year, Rose Quartz and Serenity. As you may be aware each year Pantone, the authority on all things colour, announce the Colour of the Year. Last year the shade was Marsala, a rich reddish brown and that shade appeared everywhere throughout the year, and in particular in cosmetics, especially lip products. It’s hard to say whether the 90’s lip trend was inspired by the colour of the year, or if it would have happened anyway, but it seems an unlikely that the two are unconnected. For 2016 Pantone have, for the first time, chosen two colours. Rose Quartz and Serenity. Rose Quartz is a warm rose tone, while Serenity is a cool, tranquil blue. As the two colours overlap a third, lilac tone is created. These shades are ideal cosmetic shades and here we pick out a selection of our products that will help you be on trend this year. Go for it and create a full look, or just select one product for a pop of fashionable colour. Eye Make Up The Sigma Loose Shimmer Ice Castle in the Sky Set (£23.95). These little pots are perfect shades for this purpose. Ethereal is a holographic glitter with a pink-purple effect, while Airy is a beautiful blue shimmer with a pink pearl effect, and finally Felicity is a light pink shade. All of the shades combined will give you the perfect 2016 eye. While we’re looking at Sigma, the Single Eye shadows in Moonbeam and Chase (£6 each sale price) are again, perfect shades. The Sugarpill Edward Scissorhands Palette (£26) doesn’t contain a rose quartz shade, but the blue, Home Sweet Home, is nearly perfect, with the additional bonus of five more wearable shades. A palette that seems almost designed with 2016 in mind is the Neve Cosmetics Chiarissimi Eye Palette (£21.95). This beautiful, vitamin enriched palette contains ten coordinating pastel shadows, with Favola and Bouquet hitting the nail on the head. If glitter is your thing, add a pot of Violet Voss Glitter in Sofia (£6.95) to your basket for a perfect pink princess sparkle. Blushers Here are a couple of blushers to give you a rose quartz glow. Everyday Minerals blushers (£9.95) come in several shades that are close to rose quartz, try Fresh Rose and Tea Rose for a warm pink glow. Also be sure to take a look at the Sigma Fall Softly Blush (£9.95) in Modesty which while a little brighter than rose quartz, will blend out perfectly to a beautiful pink. Lips To prepare your lips, try the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub in Strawberry Gum (£9), which this doesn’t impart any colour, it’s a beautiful pink sugar scrub, designed to remove dry skin and get them looking perfectly kissable. Gerard Cosmetics Spring Fling Lighted Lip Gloss (£12.95) is a beautiful pink lipgloss perfect for 2016 while their Bermuda Lighted Lip Gloss is described as a creamy pastel purple fits the colour theme perfectly, and if the shade is too bold, wear it over a pink lipstick for a softer finish. OCC Ready To Wear Lip Tar in Femme (£11.50) is a beautiful soft warm pink with all the ease of application of a lip gloss, but the pigmentation of a lipstick.

Body & Soul Fayre

by Amanda @ Odara Mineral Beauty

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 16/17th September 2017   We are really excited to be exhibiting at the Body and Soul Fayre at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall this weekend!  It’s been a wee while since I attended anything like this but do remember that, when I last did, as a visitor, about 6 years ago when […]

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Find your perfect shade of Mineral Foundation

by NADINE ANDERSON @ Barefaced Beauty

With a fantastic range of 20 different shades of foundation sometimes it can be a little difficult to choose the correct one and that’s where our Perfect Shade Matcher comes in. Just see which girl has the closest skin to … Continue reading

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Carina Menzies Make Up Tips for Teens

Carina Menzies Make Up Tips for Teens

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When I was a teenager, I will admit that I did tend to go overboard when it came to my make up. The prospect of being old enough to play around with makeup made me feel so grown up and in control - although looking back, the results weren't always the most desirable. Hello frosted blue eye shadow! Today, teen girls have access to so much information when it comes to their beauty routines and makeup possibilities. So I thought it would be fun to share some of my teen makeup tips and picks for all of EM's teenage fans out there! My first tip for teen girls is to keep it simple. Opt for luscious (yet natural looking) colors that emphasize your blossoming features while remaining age appropriate. Trust me, you'll have plenty of time to rock a smokey eye and bold red lip in your twenties and thirties. I love feminine shades of soft pink and peach for teen girls, which allows for a subtle touch of color without being over the top. For cheeks, Peony Petal Blush is a nice shade that resembles a beachy pink coral. It's pretty and punchy - perfect for teens. For eyes, Tell Me Why Eye Shadow is a neutral peach matte shade that can be easily paired with shadows you already own. It's dainty enough to be a lovely shade on it's own, too. For lips, EM's tinted lip butters are ideal for teens who are looking for hydration with a sheen wash of color. How cute is the Spring Berries shade? Truth be told, the teen years are not always the easiest on your skin. This is the time when blemishes, redness, and oily zones can sometimes rear their not-so-pretty heads. Thankfully, EM has a handful of products that can lessen these symptoms and contribute to a carefree, gorgeous complexion! The Mint Color Corrector is a product that I would especially recommend for all teens, as the subtle mint color neutralizes redness and can reduce the appearance of blemishes and broken capillaries. It's super hi-tech yet at the same time completely wearable and easy to incorporate into your morning routine. The Natural Rose Color Corrector Stick can reduce any dark circles (we've all pulled those all-nighters in high school!) or discolorations in a natural way. Finally, for those long summer days spent with friends in the sun, the Calm & Collected Skin Tint is a safe way to achieve a hint of bronzed color - giving your skin a warm and radiant look. My last tip is perhaps the most important - have fun! The teen years are a time of exploration and discovery, and although I definitely wouldn't try my frosted blue eyeshadow look again, I sure loved it at the time. Have fun with getting to know which makeup looks are your favorites, and be creative! Xo, Carina

Synthetic V Natural

Synthetic V Natural

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Choosing make up brushes can be a minefield. Which brush is best for which job? Which brand do you choose? Today, we’re going to focus on the differences between natural and synthetic cosmetic brushes and their relative pros and cons. Firstly, it goes without saying that if you choose brushes that have natural bristles, it’s important to purchase from a company that ensure they are produced in such a way that no animals are harmed. All brushes sold by Cocktail Cosmetics are Cruelty Free of course. Natural bristles are made from animal hair. This can be sable, squirrel, pony, goat or badger usually. The animal is brushed and the hair collected, grouped, colour matched and bound to make your brush. Of course, even if they are Cruelty Free some people may wish to stick with synthetic. If you are vegan or allergic they won’t be for you at all. Synthetic brushes are usually made from nylon or polyester/taklon. Here’s what you need to know. Although Synthetic brushes have come a very long way, they are usually not quite as soft as a natural bristle brush. They can feel a little stiffer. That said, if you buy cheap natural brushes these too can be a little too stiff and feel uncomfortable on the skin. Synthetic brushes are cheaper. This is because they are mass produced. Making natural brushes is a more labour intensive process and that is generally reflected in the cost. It’s worth bearing in mind that natural brushes usually have an extremely long life so the fact that they are an investment ought to be considered when weighing up the pros and cons of prices. A general rule of thumb is that natural bristles are best for applying powder products and synthetic brushes are best for cream and liquid products such as foundations, cream blushers, concealers and so on. Natural bristles hold product very well and are great for building up colour. They hold powder products so well because of the cuticle on the hair meaning it keeps the make-up on the brush until you apply it, whereas synthetic bristles are perfectly smooth and can’t grip powders quite as well. They do work extremely well to smooth on cream products evenly. That said, as mentioned earlier, good quality synthetic brushes are superb these days and to the average user, probably nearly as good as any natural brush. To summarise, get both, use synthetic bristles for all of your cream products and natural bristles for your powder products. Just be sure to buy cruelty free brushes when buying natural!

Spot Light  - Sigma Beauty

Spot Light - Sigma Beauty

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Sigma Beauty was founded in 2009 by Rene Xavier Filho and Simone Xavier. In 2012 they opened their first store in Minnesota and now have over 250 retailers in over 70 countries. Their mission statement is simply to provide beauty fans with the latest innovations in cosmetics and tools, with exceptional quality and excellent customer service being the key. We stock a huge range of Sigma brushes, cosmetics and tools so here’s a run down of some the highlights and must-haves. Sigma Brushes are very high quality and there is quite literally a brush for everything. f you know exactly what you are looking for it is unlikely you won’t be able to find it, but you’re starting from scratch, building up a collection of brushes, then one of the brush sets might be just what you are looking for. If you are looking for brushes to pop in your hand bag then the Color Pop Brush Set (£22.95) is just the thing. Included is an eye shadow blending brush, an eye shading brush as well as a contour brush, all housed in a storage tin. The 7 Piece Eye Brush Set (£59.95) contains seven high quality brushes in a mixture of synthetic and natural brushes. Included is an Eyeliner Brush, a Pencil Brush, a Tapered Blending Brush, an Eye Shading Brush, a large Shader Brush, a small Angle Brush and a medium Angled Shading Brush. Everything you will need to create your eye make up looks. Our final Brush Set pick is the SigmaTech Essential Set (£95.95). This set contains a selection of synthetic fibre brushes designed to out-perform traditional natural fibre brushes. They are antibacterial, hypoallergenic and maintain their shape. Included in this set is the Soft Blend Concealer Brush, the Duo Fibre Powder/Blush Brush, the Medium Sweeper Brush, the Tapered Blending Brush, the Exact Blend Brush, the Small Tapered Blending Brush and finally the Winged Liner Brush. This set should cover most of your cosmetic application needs. If you’re investing in brushes it may be worth checking out the Sigma Dry n’ Shape Tower (£30.95). A stand designed to completely dry and shape up to 48 of your brushes at once after washing. It is also worth considering the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning mat (£25.50). This mat has suction cups on its underside for securing to your sink or work surface and has several different textures to wash your brushes ensuring quick and thorough cleansing. Sigma Beauty don’t just focus on brushes and accessories, they have a quality line of cosmetics that are well worth investigating. Of particular note are the Lip Switch Lip Glosses (£11.50 each) that offer a hint of colour with a holographic finish, the Eye Shadow Palettes (£30.95) that each house twelve shadows and don’t forget to check out the brow products. We’ve only mentioned here a very small selection of what Sigma have to offer so do explore the brand the range is extensive and there is something for everyone in a great range of price brackets.

Bronzed Goddess

Bronzed Goddess

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Here in the UK, Summer can be something of a hit and miss affair but we usually manage a few hot sunny days somewhere along the way. Don’t let a lack of sunshine stop you from being a bronzed goddess if you feel so inclined. If you’ve been fortunate enough to have been away and have a beautiful tan, you can really make the most of it using make up. We’ve got everything you need to create the look. Keep your base light and dewy if possible. Use concealer on any blemishes and then opt for light foundation or tinted moisturiser. The Glo Minerals gloSheer Tint Base is a great sheer base, or for a little more coverage but still keeping the dewy finish, try the Illuminare Moisturising Fantastic Finish Foundation. Add a little brightening concealer to the under eye area. Next, fill in and highlight your brows. We like the NYX Push-Up Bra for Eye Brow, which is the best of both worlds, featuring a pencil to fill in your brows on one end and a highlighter on the other end. For the eyes, choose metallic shades, think bronzes, coppers and golds. The Lily Lolo Molten Bronze Eye Shadow Quad contains a shimmering peach, antique gold, bronze and a black. Apply and blend. You can use the black sparingly to add some depth to the crease and smoke out the look. You can really intensify the look by adding liner to the waterline and you’d be surprised at the range of colours that work with the bronzed summer look. Black and browns are natural and sultry, but teals and purples are really effective when teamed with bronzes and coppers. Finish with mascara. For the cheeks, you’ll need a bronzer. A shimmering bronzer, whilst pretty, is mostly only suitable for use for evenings. Your secret weapon to a natural looking tan, is a matte bronzer. Neve Cosmetics Mineral Bronzer in the shade Maldives is perfect. Apply to the hollows of your cheeks, and then lightly dust wherever the sun naturally catches your face. Finish with a light dusting of blusher, anything coral or pink toned, with a hint of bronze is perfect. Try the NYX Cosmetics Bronzer & Blusher Combo in Phi Phi Island, and swirl the two shades together for the perfect Summer flush. Finally, the lips. This is a really adaptable look so lips can be whatever takes your fancy. Hot corals, reds, hot pinks, or sheer, shimmering glosses. Just choose whatever suits your comfort level or mood. If a nude shimmering gloss takes your fancy, try Daniel Sandler’s Luxury Lip Gloss in Skinny Dip or Lily Lolo’s Natural Lip Gloss in Peachy Keen. If bold and bright is more your thing then try the OCC Lip Tar in Harlot or Lime Crime Candyfuture Lipstick in Countessa Florescent. The key to looking like a bronzed Summer beauty is to keep your base light, heavy foundation is a Summer no no, and of course Bronzer, otherwise, go wild!

Outsidethebox…Changing the Face & Body of Makeup and Skincare?

by Jules Derrick @ Outsidethebox Makeup

Changing the face AND body of Makeup and Skincare?..Thats a big ask isn’t it? There are huge, mega huge companies in the Beauty Industry already claiming to do this. So why does a microscopic little company think it can make a difference to its’ customers too? Our 4 reasons are : It is said ” […]

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Nautical for Summer

Nautical for Summer

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Nautical themes never grow old when the sun starts shining. Crisp primary shades of blue and red, with bright white along with cute anchor prints on clothes conjure up perfect Summer’s days by the water. Shades to look out for a true, blue toned bright reds, royal or navy blues and crisp whites. You can use each shade wherever you see fit, but here are some product suggestions to give you some ideas Starting with eyeshadows, all the shades mentions can be used on the eyes, but red tones are probably only for the brave. Sugarpill’s pressed eyeshadows offer maximum pigment, try Velocity (a matte royal blue), Tako (matte white) and if you’re feeling bold, try Love + (bright red) £8.95 each. Obsessive Compulsive have a huge range of loose pigments, be sure to check out Pure Cosmetic Pigments in Rust, Royal Blue and White £9.95, these are all matte formulas. Alternatively try each or Heroic or Iced from the Colour Concentrate range that offer a little more dimension. £9.50 each. If you prefer palettes, take a look at the Neve Cosmetics Scurissimi Eye Palette, the shades in this palette are dark and very versatile but you’ll find Red Carpet (imperial matte red) as well as Shock (dark blue) and Ink (sea blue) £21.95. If you like to add liner to your look, or skip eyeshadow altogether and head straight to the liner try any of these true blues. Eye of Horus Lazuli Blue Goddess Eye Pencil is a fabulous choice, matte, smooth and waterproof, the shade is perfect for nautical looks £17. If you have a smaller budget, Neve Cosmetics Pastello Eye Liner Pencils are vegan and cruelty free. Enigma Blue is Royal Blue while Indigo is deeper £4.95 each. If you prefer to work with loose pigments Everyday Minerals Eye Liner in Blue Velvet £6.95 is just the ticket. A nautical look wouldn’t be complete without a perfect red pout. Start with a liner to outline the lips, and apply all over to enhance the wear time of your lipstick. Try Neve Cosmetics Pastello Lip liner pencil Crimson £3.95 For a true red lipstick, try Gerard Cosmetics Fire Engine red Lipstick £12.50. A classic, shade, glamorous and nautical! I f you prefer a matte finish try Aromi Beauty Matte Liquid Lipstick in Power Red £13. It’s a true red that goes on like a lip gloss but dries over 60 seconds to create a beautiful matte finish. A great option for a red gloss is Daniel Sandler’s Luxury Lip Gloss in Vivid Desire £14.75 If you really like to mix things up, you can always opt for nautical blue lips, try LA Splash Smitten Lip Tint Mousse in Sirius £9.95, bound to get heads turning! For blushers, opt for nude shades or a sweep of bronzer, such as Everday Minerals Face Bronzer in Gimme a Kissimnmee £9.95 or Sleek’s Blush by 3 Flame Palette £9.99, with such vibrant bright reds, be sure to apply with a light hand! Pop on your favourite anchor prints or nautical stripes and go forth and be fabulous!

Sonya Flawless Master Brush Collection

by Simon Hilton @ Forever Living Products UK

Flawless Master Brush Collection Embrace your artistic inspirations with this versatile 10-piece Brush Collection to easily create flawless looks. The chic pouch doubles as a stand for easy access during application. Brushes included: powder brush, blush brush, foundation brush, concealer brush, lip brush, eyeliner brush, crease brush, eyeshadow brush, smudger brush, and brow brush/comb. Buy the […]

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This Highlighter Will Literally Turn Your Skin Into Molten Metal

by Chloe Burcham @ Look Magazine

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If you’re a fan of highlighter (who isn’t?) then you need to check out this glow. I can't stop, I …Continue reading »

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Spot Light On Real Techniques

Spot Light On Real Techniques

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Real Techniques is a partnership between professional makeup artist Samantha Chapman and Paris Presents, a company that makes a number of beauty products including Eco Tools. In 2011 Samantha was asked to be involved in the production and design of a makeup brush line and she happily agreed. As well as being a professional makeup artist with over 15 years’ experience, Samantha is also a beauty blogger and vlogger. She started making YouTube video tutorial in 2009 with her sister Nicola who is also a makeup artist, under the name of pixiwoo. The videos are on makeup application and techniques. So far the channel has had millions of hits and they have produced more than 500 videos. Sam also has a separate channel for Real techniques where she gives tips on the range of brushes and shows how to use them to create a variety of looks. She also runs regular makeup courses with her sister. She has worked on publications such as The Sunday Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and Cosmo and has done makeup for many celebrities including, Ashley Tisdale, Mylene Klass, Paul McCartney and Peaches Geldof. Samantha attended the College of West Anglia and studied for a BTEC in makeup and hairdressing. When she finished her course she freelanced for a while then went to work for Cosmetic a la carte. She has worked for the UK M.A.C pro team and has done Milan and Paris fashion shows. All Real Techniques brushes are cruelty free meaning they are not tested on animals and are made from synthetic Taklon. Taklon fibres are very soft compared to most brushes and are great for creating a flawless, high definition look. All brushes are individually hand cut for precise application and can be used with a variety of products from powders to liquids and creams. They are colour coded for each step of the makeup process making them easily identifiable. Gold for the base, purple for the eyes and pink for the perfect finish, they are also all named for quick reference, e.g. blush brush, powder brush and shading brush. The base of the brushes are flat so they can be free standing and brush sets come with a panoramic brush case for storing or displaying them. Real Techniques brushes are an industry favourite and raved about by other makeup artists and experts in the field. However they are also extremely popular with everyday makeup lovers. They are also very affordable. Samantha currently lives in Norwich near London, England. She is married to Danny and has two children. Some of Real Techniques best sellers include: 1. Samantha Chapman Real Techniques Starter Brush Set 2. Real Techniques Duo Fibre Collection 3. Samantha Chapman Real Techniques Expert Face Brush 4. Real Techniques Stippling Brush by Samantha Chapman 5. Samantha Chapman Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush 6. Samantha Chapman Real Techniques Core Collection 7. Samantha Chapman Real Techniques Travel Essentials You can visit Samantha’s website at www.samanthachapman.com You can search for her YouTube channels suing the key works realtechniques and pixiwoo

Bright Lips for Summer

Bright Lips for Summer

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This Summer celebrities are all over the bright lipstick look. Whatever the finish or colour, this is one look that will keep you looking on trend as the weather warms up. Whatever finish you opt for, be it matte, shimmer, crème or stain, priming your lips and getting them perfectly ready is important as it’ll form the foundation to keep your lips moisturised, flake free and to keep the colour locked in place for as long as possible. So start off by exfoliating your lips either with a specific product or with an old soft toothbrush. Next apply a balm and leave for a little while to soak in. If your lipsticks are prone to bleeding at all, now’s the time to grab an Anti-Feathering Lip Liner. These clear pencils can also be used as a primer, but for anti-feathering purposes, you’ll need to outline your lips, just outside of the lip line (don’t worry, it’s clear). Start from the outer edges of your lips and work towards the centre of your lip on each side. This will form a border, preventing your bright lipstick from seeping into fine lines. Whether you go for a red, coral, orange, hot pink, purple or any other bright, the key to getting the colour to stay for longer is to provide a base with a coordinating lip liner. Use a lip liner to outline your lips and then fill in the entire area with the pencil. You can then go ahead and apply your chosen shade. When applying a bright or dark lipstick a lip brush is an incredibly useful tool, helping you to create precise crisp lines that just aren’t possible when applying lipstick straight from the bullet. If you’re looking for extra drama, you can add lashings of gloss at this point clear will add shine alone, or you can add some depth of colour with a coordinating gloss. If you’re wanting the colour but afraid to go too bold, you have two options. The first is to go for a lip stain, a sheer pop of colour that lasts. The second option is to blot your lipstick. Blotting helps with longevity but it also takes away some of the impact, perfect if you’re a little nervous of colour! Shopping List Glo Minerals gloExfoliating Lip Wand eos Lip Balm (any flavour!) OCC Cosmetics Anti-Feathered Lip Pencil Neve Cosmetic Pastello Lip Liner Pencil OCC Stained Gloss Lime Crime Candyfuture Lipstick in Airbourne Unicorn – a vibrant purple. Daniel Sandler Luxury Matte Lipstick in Gigi – a punchy fuchsia. OCC Cosmetics Lip Tar in Beta – an orange for the brave at heart. NYX Matte Lipstick in Indie Flick – summery coral.

‘Coco Loves’ – House of Coco, Edition 9

by Amanda @ Odara Mineral Beauty

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Make Up Trends Autumn/Winter 2013

Make Up Trends Autumn/Winter 2013

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What appears on the catwalks in terms of fashion eventually filters down to us mere mortals and the same applies to cosmetic trends. Each season there are an incredible variety of beauty looks but amongst them key trends emerge. Those that are seen on multiple catwalks are the ones we can expect to pass down in to more mainstream use. So to get you ahead of the game, here’s a quick run-down on the cosmetic looks you can expect to be wearing in Autumn/Winter 2013, as seen on the catwalks now. Petal and Berry Lip Stains, as seen on the Dior, Prada, Vera Wang and Marni catwalks. Stained lips are perhaps the biggest trend to emerge from the catwalks and are a strong look for Autumn/Winter. Taking over from last year’s matte lip trend, stains give a punch of colour but with a “just bitten” effect. Matte lips are still around this year but stains are well and truly taking over. Perhaps the easiest trend to recreate at home, just blot your favourite berry lipstick until you are left with only a stain or head for one of OCC’s Stained Gloss Lip Tars. Sixties Make Up, in particular eyes, seen on Michael Kors, Anna Sui and Zoe Jordan’s catwalks. Think lashings of black liner, wings and graphic shapes, but lots of it. Think about making the look a little different with dots along the bottom lashes, or drawing the winged line in the crease or just above the crease rather than along the lash line. Team with perfect skin and bare lips for a modern look. Classic Red Nails, seen on the Meadham Kirchoff, Chanel and Valentino catwalks. Red nails never cease to be popular but this year sees a notable increase on the catwalks, think pillar box and tomato reds. Grungy Eyes, seen on the Marc Jacobs, Rodarte, Lanvin and Nars catwalks. Get smudging under that lower lash line. The aim is to look as though you slept in your make up, and for maximum effect team with a smudgy, smoky eye. Copper Eyes, seen on Sass & Bide, Tom Ford, Gucci and Versace catwalks. Put a wash of copper from lashes to brow. It’s not for the faint hearted but it’s a look that’s easily adaptable for your own comfort levels. You can get the look with Eye of Horus Isis Sun Goddess Eye Shadow palette or Fevour Cosmetics Mineral Loose eye Shadow in Copper Ice. Brows. Not for the first year Brows have been a big feature on most catwalks, whether they are groomed to within an inch of their lives or bushy and wild, brows will not go unnoticed! Many of the above looks were teamed together, so the heavy brows with a berry stain on the lips, or the grungy eye make up with red nails but one thing that all the looks had in common was flawless skin and in many cases a complete lack of blusher. And step away from the bronzer, Autumn/Winter 2013 is all about being pale and interesting.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics

Jeffree Star Cosmetics

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You may or may not have heard of Jeffree Star, but one thing’s for sure, once seen, never forgotten. With striking good looks and a face full of fabulous make up, he is certainly no wall flower. Over the years Jeffree has turned his hand to many things including modelling, fashion designing, makeup artistry, DJ-ing and writing and performing music. Jeffree built up his reputation using the social network Myspace where his Photo shoots would often get over 50,000 comments. His self-released music received over a million plays. He discovered make up when he was 13 and wore it to school, developing and practising and being outrageous, with skill and finesse, it was a matter of time before he was called upon to make up the faces of other people, people such as Kelly Osborne, Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie as well as working on music videos, fashion editorial and weddings. Presently, amongst other things he teaches make up classes all over the world and it was only a matter of time before he launched his own line putting his talent and expertise to amazing use and so Jeffree Star Cosmetics was born. With many products in development, the first product to launch are the Velour Liquid Lipsticks. Liquid –to-matte lipsticks are in high demand at present with several brands having launched their own take on this popular formula. Jeffree’s Velour Liquid Lipsticks promise to stand out from the crowd with vibrant shades and the most light weight formula on the market. The liquid lipsticks are 100% vegan and cruelty free and stay on for hours (just so long as you avoid oily food and making out – but kissing is fine you’ll be pleased to hear!). The formula is totally opaque on the first swipe and dries matte and as with any lip product, in particular matte’s, exfoliating your lips first is recommended for the perfect pout. A lip scrub or old soft toothbrush is perfect. There are three shades available as follows: I’m Royalty is true, royal purple, for the adventurous and bold, not everyone can wear a true purple lipstick, but it’s worth trying because it’s truly striking. Prom Night is the brightest matte pink you’ll find. It’s more Barbie pink than anything Barbie ever owned or wore. Amazing for all hair colours and skin tones, this will look particularly amazing in the summer. Redrum is the final shade in the trio, a matte, cool toned red that suits everyone. A classic shade perfect for red lip lovers. The Velour Liquid Lipsticks are amazing products and they fill a big gap in the UK market so we are delighted to be stockists. Jeffree is working hard to expand his line of cosmetics, with regular lipsticks, lip scrubs and eyeshadow palettes all in development, and all of which are rigorously tested by Jeffree himself and his friends to make sure they do exactly as they claim. Velour Liquid Lipsticks are £13 each.

Beauty Though the Ages

Beauty Though the Ages

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Beauty Through the Decades Part 1 We thought it’d be fun to take a look cosmetics through the decades, concentrating on the looks that defined the era. Starting with the 1920’s as this was a period of consumer growth, when make up trends for women really started to take off. We’ll highlight a key product to help you to create the look for yourself. The 1920’s When the 1920’s icon Coco Chanel appeared with a tan, foundations moved from the palest shades to more natural hues and tans. Eye make up was dark, black sooty kohl was worn liberally around the eye, but also popular, but not as common, were green shades on the eyelid. Natural looking cheeks were to be avoided, and blushers were worn in obvious circles on the cheeks in rose and orange shades. When it came to lipstick, the must have shade was red, a trend that is still with us today, but in the 1920’s the cupids bow was exaggerated, and lipstick was not applied to the corners of the mouth, rather starting someway in. Try Milani Supreme Kohl Kajal Eye Liner £4.50 The 1930’s In the 1930’s foundation was generally a natural shade (your own skin tone), but heavily applied, for a beyond-perfect complexion. Eyebrows were high arched and incredibly thin. Eye makeup started to become more experimental, more colourful. Eye shadows started to be worn in blues, greens, purples and browns, while eye liner was subtle. For evenings, a darker shade was added to the crease to create depth. While eyes were getting more adventurous, cheeks became more subtle with the increasing popularity of powder blush which was applied over a larger area than previously. Lipstick was worn over the natural lips in a variety of shades, deep reds, browns and maroons were popular in the 1930’s. Try Neve Cosmetics Scurissimi Eye Palette £21.95 The 1940’s Natural beauty took a step forward in the 1940’s, gone were the thin pencil brows and a new age of fuller, softer brows was born. Foundation was usually worn slightly darker, but with a pale powder on top and blusher was in rosy natural tones. Eye shadows were browns and greys with sparingly applied mascara and eye liner. It wasn’t all natural, red lips were back with a vengeance as popularised by the glamorous actresses of the era, such as Ingrid Bergman and Vivien Leigh. Try Everyday Minerals Finishing Dust £14.95 The 1950’s Perfection and glamour were the bywords of the 1950’s thanks to colour cinema screens and popularity of actresses such as Sophia Loren and Marilyn Monroe. Foundation was worn somewhat thicker than we are used to today, aiming to mask and flaws and fine lines. Mascara and eye liner were applied in abundance for maximum glamour while eye shadows were smoky and shimmery. Lip liners were used to enhance the lips shape and then filled with cherry red lipstick. Try Daniel Sandler Luxury Matte Lipstick in Red Carpet £13.25

What's New

What's New

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Time for our regular update letting you know what’s new in stock….we’ve had some brilliant products join our line up so here’s a run-down of what’s new. Please also be aware that we regularly restock Jeffree Star products, including new items but they frequently sell out very quickly so please keep an eye on our social media accounts to find out when launches and restocks go live. A new line in stock are the Girlactik Matte Lip Paints (£16.95 each). Available in eight shades these liquid lip paints are packed with pigment and provide a matte finish with no dryness or flaking. They are one of the largest size product of this type at 7.5ml, all with the added bonus of being 100% vegan and cruelty free. Sticking with the matte lip theme, LA Splash have launched their Summer Daze Liquid Lip Collection (£9.95 each). These matte liquid lipsticks are available in five beautiful shades and have a custom fragrance blend especially for the holidays. The matte finish promises to not dry out your lips thanks to added Vitamin E, but for best results, exfoliate and moisturise your lips twenty minutes prior to application. Violet Voss have added some amazing products to their range. The Drenched Metal Eye Shadow Palette (£42.95) houses twenty highly pigmented eyeshadows in a variety of finishes. This is one for the colour lovers, but it also contains a good mix of neutral shades for the less bold. Also new from Violet Voss are the Matte Liquid Lipsticks (£10.95 each). As you can see matte lips are still huge news and Violet Voss have jumped aboard the trend with their own range. We stock twelve shades and there’s a shade for everyone Gerard Cosmetics continue to add products to their already extensive range. First up are the much hyped Slay All Day Setting Sprays (£15.00 each). These setting sprays are cooling and oil free and set your make up in place to aid longevity. Available in Peach, Lemon Grass, Lavender, Jasmine and Green Tea. Four new shades have been added to the Hydra Matte Lipsticks (£13.00 each). Everything Nice is a soft nude with a beige undertone, Summer Lovin is a super-girly bright pink, West Coast is a bright coral and finally, 1995 is a 90’s neutral shade with mauve and rose tones. 1995 is already incredibly popular in its traditional lipstick formula and the Hydra Matte lipstick is likely to be equally as successful. These are comfortable and long wearing. Finally we have the Morphe 8 Piece Candy Apple Red Brush Set (£19.95). This set comes in a mesh buckle case and contains a Tapered Powder Brush, a Tapered Blush Brush, a Flat Foundation Brush, an Oval Fluff Brush, a Chisel Fluff Brush, a Pointed Crease Brush, an Angle Liner Brush as well as a Bent Liner Brush, in a variety of bristle types, both natural and synthetic.

Beauty New Year Resolutions

Beauty New Year Resolutions

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Happy New Year! When it comes to beauty, we here at Cocktail Cosmetics are not ones for rules, if you like it, we think should wear it, but what is a New Year without a few resolutions? We don’t have many beauty must do’s but if you’re looking for resolutions to make, why not take on these beauty rules and try to keep them up throughout 2017? If it all seems too much, start small and just pick one or two. Your beauty routine will thank you for it! Drink More Water Science seems to be on the fence about whether or not drinking lots of water is good for your skin, but plenty of women out there swear water is the secret to their glowing complexions. Water fans claim their skin is plumper, which in turn means wrinkles and pores look less prominent and they are less prone to blemishes and dryness. We think you’ve nothing to lose from keeping well hydrated, so give a go! Out With the Old Do you have make up bags or drawers stacked with make up that last saw the light of day in 2006? Even worse, are you using make up you bought years ago? If so, make 2017 the year of starting afresh! You may not be aware but every cosmetic item has a use by date that should be marked on each product with a small symbol with a number. Old cosmetics can go off and harbour bacteria that could lead to infection so do yourself a favour, throw out the old, and get shopping, we’ve plenty to choose from! Keep Brushes Clean Admit it, how often do you really clean your makeup brushes? Six monthly? Yearly? Never? Like cosmetics, if you don’t keep your tools clean you’ll be spreading dirt and bacteria on your skin every time you apply your make up. Ideally, you should clean your brushes each time you use them, but we know that’s just not realistic for most people so if your skin is blemish and infection free, you can certain use a few times before cleaning. Ideally a spot clean every couple of weeks is good, followed by a monthly deep clean using a good gentle brush cleaning product and something such as the Practk Palmat, a cleaning tool really deep clean your brushes. Stop Using Wipes I think we all must know deep down, that face wipes are not a good substitute for properly cleansing your skin at the end of the day. They usually leave a residue on the skin, plus if they have alcohol as an ingredient, they’ll be drying you out too. Not to mention the environmental impact. Ditch the wipes and cleanse properly, your skin and the environment will thank you for it. Start Wearing SPF Every Day Don’t let UV rays age you prematurely, wear your SPF under your make up every single day, remember, prevention is better than cure. Look for at least SPF15, and if you simply can’t, then try to find skincare products and foundations that have a built in SPF, such as the Illuminare Moisturising Finish and Mattifying Ultimate All Day Foundation, both of which have an SPF of 20.

Spot Light On OCC

Spot Light On OCC

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics was founded in 2004 by celebrity makeup artist David Klasfeld. He had a passion for colour and textures and wanted to bring that to the everyday consumer. While in college studying film, David got a part-time job in Nordstrom’s on the cosmetic counter. When he finished his film course he decided makeup was the path he wanted to follow and he became a freelance makeup artist. He worked behind the scenes on runway shows such as Patricia Field. While working as a makeup artist he found that the make up he was using wasn’t translating well on camera. It was too noticeable. It was then that he had the idea of creating a product that could hardly be seen. This is how OCC’s famous lip tar came about. The barely there look soon became very popular with other make up artists and was used for HD TV. This was the start of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. While still working as a makeup artist on adverts and for TV David came across another problem. The airbrush foundations he was using were leaving a wet look on camera and he had to use lots of powder to cover it. This didn’t make for a good look on TV. This is when he created the popular OCC water based and oil-free airbrush foundation. It is brilliant for TV and being photographed. You can hardly notice it. All OCC products are vegan and cruelty free. They never use animal derived ingredients such as lanolin and beeswax. PETA is a big fan of OCC. David wanted to makes sure his products were available to everyone to use. The line is great for anyone who is compulsive about makeup and obsessive about its ingredients like the company’s creator and that’s how the company name Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics came about. OCC has built up quite a cult following.  Their best sellers and the favourites of celebrity makeup artists and beauty bloggers are their lip tars, air brushing kits and pigments. Lip Tars - They combine the long lasting effect of a lipstick with the easy application of a lip gloss. They come in an array of colours to suit all skin tones. These include a variety of Pinks, Purples, Browns, Gold’s and many more. You can apply them in the colours they come in or you can mix them together to create your own shades. They are 100% vegan and cruelty free. They also contain a mixture of essential oils including peppermint. Airbrushing – OCC airbrush foundation is lightweight but still gives an excellent coverage and a flawless finish. It is water based rather than the usual silicone base. It is 100% oil free which is great for sensitive skin and it covers with a matte finish which is very on trend right now for spring/summer 2013. It is easy to touch up and is blendable. Most importantly it is sweat, tear and water proof. It is a favourite of makeup artists who have clients who are on TV and will be seen in HD as it leaves such a flawless finish. Don’t worry if you don’t have an airbrush kit you can apply the foundations with an OCC foundation brush if you prefer. You can also get primary adjuster set which are great for mixing with other OCC colours to create your perfect shades. OCC blush, contour and highlighter sets are also an airbrushing must have. Pigments – 100% pure and uncut. They can be used on your eyes, lips and cheeks. You can use them in their purest form as an eye shadow for example or you could mix them with a clear lip tar to make a new lip colour. Another great way to use them is to apply a little primer on your eye line then with an angled brush apply a small amount of the pigment to make a brilliant eyeliner. Neon eyeliner shades are big for spring/summer. You could also use a little primer on your cheeks and add a colour to make a beautiful blusher. Crème Colour Concentrate – This is the latest addition to the OCC family. It is great on cheeks, eyes and lips. It is smooth and blendable and it can be built up. Great for when a creamier look is desired. There are a large variety of colours to choose from. We love OCC - what are your favourites?

Gift Guide

Gift Guide

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We’re hurtling full speed towards Christmas which means gift buying. To save last minute panic buying, here’s our gift guide for the cosmetics lovers in your lives. For the Edgy Friend Look no further than the Sugarpill Addicted to Pretty Eye Palettes in either Heart Breaker, Burning Heart  or Sweet Heart. At £24.95 these 4-shadow palettes are not for the faint hearted, these are bold, pigmented and so much fun. For the Teenager Well there can’t be many teenagers who don’t like a bit of glitter and the Lime Crime Zodiac Cosmetic Glitters are stunning. With a colour for each sign of the zodiac, choosing a colour for your recipient couldn’t be easier. These are £9.00 each and can be used anywhere you want to shimmer. For Your Mum There can’t be many Mum’s out there, of any age, who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive the Neve Cosmetics Elegantissimi Eye Palette. For your £21.95, you get ten neutral pressed eye shadows in a mixture of finishes, including satin, matte and pearl. For the Person interested in Application  Every cosmetic addict should have a great set of brushes. The Samantha Chapman Real Techniques Starter Brush Set (£18.95) contains everything a cosmetic lover could need. A Base Shadow Brush, a Crease Brush, an Accent Brush, an Eye liner brusher and a Brow Brush, all in a 2-in-1 case and stand. For your Sister Nothing says thanks for being awesome like a fab eyeshadow palette! Look no further than the Sigma Beauty Flare Eye Shadow Palette. For your £34.95 you get six beautiful shadows in a range of neutrals, complemented with greens and purples, along with a brush and built in mirror. For the Secret Santa or Stocking Filler When budgets are tight, but you want to make a make up fan happy with the NYX Loose Powder Ultra Pearl Selection. Definitely cheap at £3 each, but most without a doubt cheerful. In a myriad of shimmering colours, pick as many as your budget allows. For the Vamp For the lady who’s not afraid of drama the Neve Cosmetics Scurissimi Eye Shadow palette holds ten dark and mysterious pressed eye shadow shades. The vitamin enriched shadows are all cruelty and paraben free. This palette is £21.95. When Money is no Object Finally, if you’re feeling extravagant and want to really spoil a loved one then treat them to the Mrs Bunny Blue Essential Sigma Brush Kit which will set you back £115.95. Whilst the price seems high, there are twelve brushes in this set, which means each brush costs just over £9. Included in the set are an Eye Liner Brush, Pencil Brush, a Tapered Blending Brush, an Eye Shading Brush, a Large Shader, a Small Angle Brush, a Medium Angled Shading Brush, a Large Powder Brush, a Large Angled Contour Brush, a Duo Fibre Brush, a Foundation Brush and a Concealer Brush. This comprehensive brush contains absolutely everything anyone could need.

Not sure if this is for you? Read these Brilliant Testimonials to help you decide.

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We are so proud to share a small selection of these with you dear reader! If you feel you would like to share your feedback in 2017, please send your comments to Jules at info@outsidetheboxmakeup.co.uk THANK YOU Kelly Tofts · 3 December 2016 Lovely and amazing makeup! Bought some last weekend and just used it […]

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Sonya Flawless Mineral Makeup

by Simon Hilton @ Forever Living Products UK

Flawless by Sonya Mineral Makeup These four classic shades are all available in their innovative, rich, velvety aloe-inspired formulas. Each shade provides soft coverage and a flawless luminous glow.             Buy Flawless by Sonya Mineral Makeup from Forever Living Products UK If you are not living in the UK then […]

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Jane Iredale Mineral Make-Up - UK - Content Beauty & Wellbeing

Jane Iredale Mineral Make-Up - UK - Content Beauty & Wellbeing


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Shop Jane Iredale online with FREE worldwide delivery. Natural make-up made with mineral benefits for the skin without fillers and suitable for sensitive skin.

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Angel Face Mineral Cosmetics

Angel Face Cosmetics are a beautiful and natural range of Mineral Cosmetics

Forever Living Relaxation Bath Salts

by Simon Hilton @ Forever Living Products UK

Relaxation Bath Salts from Forever Living Products It’s time to indulge in a relaxing bathing experience with this aromatic blend of Dead Sea salt, lavender and essential oils to soak away life’s worries. For centuries, Dead Sea salt has been known for its therapeutic benefits, soothing and rehydrating the skin. Lavender is a popular herb, […]

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You love us….we love you back…Outsidethebox Loyalty Scheme

by Jules Derrick @ Outsidethebox Makeup

Hello everyone, Its nearly Valentine’s Day. It means different things to different people doesn’t it? To Outsidethebox it’s a simple celebration of love. What better time to say “thank you” and “we love you back” to our customers?…To those who have already bought products and those who are just about to try them for the […]

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Mineral make-up: a simply great idea

Mineral make-up: a simply great idea


Telegraph.co.uk

Mineral make-up, a new kind of foundation, is changing the face of the nation, says Emma Hill.

Mineral make-up: 13 of the best mineral foundations

Mineral make-up: 13 of the best mineral foundations


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Mineral make-up is changing the face of beauty, and it's not just a phase. Achieve a flawless finish with beauty benefits, using our top picks...

Flawless Make Up

Flawless Make Up

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Everyone wants to be able to apply flawless makeup like the celebrities have after their makeup artist has finished with them. Here are a few tips on how you can achieve a flawless look yourself: 1. Use a good face cleanser. Clogged pores will leave makeup looking caked on.  Choose a gentle cleanser and use it morning and night. 2.; Moisturise – Nobody likes dry patches of skin. Any makeup you apply will again look caked on like when you have blocked pores. Choose a moisturiser that suits your skin type. Dry and sensitive skin needs a moisturiser that is gentle and locks in moisture. Normal skin needs a hydrating moisturiser. Oily skin needs a water based moisturiser. 3. Primer – Use a primer before applying foundation. Primers help set the foundation and help it last longer. 4. If your skin is clear and blemish free then opt for a tinted moisturiser. If you have blemishes or areas of skin you want to cover then use a foundation. Foundation is a product you should never but cheaply. Test a variety of colours until you get your perfect match. Picking the right colour can be really hard so advice from the assistance at the counter may be helpful. A way to test by yourself is to apply a little on your cheeks. To achieve a glowing look add a little illuminator to your foundation. You can apply liquid foundation with a brush or your fingers. Mineral foundation will have a special brush to use. 5. Concealer- choose a colour as close to your skin tone as possible. Apply to areas with blemishes and any dark circles. You can get a setting power for after if you wish. 6. Bronzer/Blusher- Pick a colour that is not to dark and apply with an angled blusher/bronzer brush.  Apply to the apples of your cheeks – smile and you will see these. 7. To make your eye shadow last you can apply a primer beforehand. Choose a colour suitable for your skin tone. Curling your eyelashes for at least 10 seconds each side will help them appear longer. Applying a small amount of Vaseline to them will also do this and will moisturise them. Apply lash lengthening mascara and let the coats dry in-between. 8. Apply a liquid or pencil eyeliner for definition on the lower eyelid and the upper eyelid. 9. Colour in your eyebrows for extra definition and apply an eyebrow gel to keep them in place. Make sure you eyebrows are groomed beforehand. 10. For your lips apply a lip primer then a lip liner. Then apply lipstick or lip gloss in the same colour. Tips: Apply your eye shadow before your eyeliner. Stick to colours that best match your skin tone or you can end up looking washed out or orange. Always wash you makeup brushes on a regular basis. Never share your makeup with anyone, you risk cross infection. Always remove your makeup thoroughly at night as it can cause breakouts.

60's Mod Make Up

60's Mod Make Up

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

We recently blogged a method for creating the timeless vintage pin up girl look. Sticking with the vintage theme, today we’re looking at another timeless look, the 60’s mod look. This isn’t the famous Twiggy look, but a softer, more wearable look, more Jean Shrimpton, and it’s a look that hasn’t dated and is soft and pretty and very wearable for a day to day look but it can easily be tweaked for maximum drama, simply by switching up the colours you use. Before starting on the details of the look, apply your usual base products, and fill in your eyebrows. Finish with a very light dusting of translucent powder. In the 60’s, eye make up was heavy. To make this a wearable day look, start by covering your lid with a pale shimmer shade. Then using a fluffy brush, apply a mid toned shade, in this case brown, into your crease, winging it slightly upwards and out. Then using a small shadow brush, apply a darker brown shade into the crease again, as well as along the upper and lower lash line. Finish with a touch of the pale shimmer shade to the inner corners of your eyes and brow bone. The Sigma Warm Neutrals Eye Shadow Palette contains 12 neutral shades, with varying finishes and shades, meaning there are shades suitable for everyone. Next, using a liquid liner, draw a fine line on your upper lash line, bringing it out in a small wing. Winged liner can take some practice but the NYX Super Skinny Eye Marker will help get your wing really precise. Add your most dramatic mascara, and if you feel so inclined, add a set of false lashes at this point. The Ardell Lash Accents are absolutely perfect for this. For your cheeks, use a bronzer to add a soft contour and add a natural peachy flush of colour. For lips, choose something soft and pale. A peachy gloss is perfect for this look. Try the Daniel Sandler Luxury Lip Gloss in Skinny Dip. If you’re feeling bold and lipstick is more your thing, try Lime Crime Candyfuture Lipstick in Coquette. The great thing about this look is that you can mess about with the colours, opting for darker shades for a dramatic look, or using colours if you’re not feeling the neutral vibe on that particular day. Grey’s would look beautiful, as would purples on the eyes, swapping the peachy blush and lips for more pinky tones.

Vegan Guest Blogger

Vegan Guest Blogger

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Growing up, I always had a firm belief that animals should be treated fairly and with love. At age 8, my school art project for Thanksgiving is a drawing of a turkey saying, "Eat everything but turkey, please!" At 10 I started doing research into PETA and animal testing processes and regulations and used every chance I could to learn more and speak out about these practices. While I haven't always been vegan, I have always been passionate about animals. When I went vegan, it made sense to me to not just change my diet but to also change my lifestyle. This is how I ended up turning Logical Harmony into a blog that promotes an animal friendly lifestyle as well. I believe that everyone has their own reason for going vegan. My reason for going vegan is that I simply could not say that I cared about animals and their treatment when I continued to support industries that promoted animal cruelty. Not just the meat industry, but the cosmetic industry as well. While cruelty free cosmetics are a great place to start, they often still contain ingredients that come from dead animals. You can read more about this by learning the difference between cruelty free products and vegan products (http://www.logicalharmony.net/cruelty-free-vs-vegan). I didn't want to take part in this aspect of the industry either. If I wanted to lead a truly animal friendly and cruelty free lifestyle, I knew that I needed to lead a vegan lifestyle. It's been incredibly rewarding and a great learning experience. My body has never felt healthier than it does now that I am vegan. I used to have bad skin and various chronic health problems.  Eliminating animal products from my diet fixed these right up. My body has also settled into what I believe is it's natural weight. I listen to my body a lot more than I used to. To ensure that everything I eat is vegan, I always read the ingredients. Not only does this mean that I'm aware of every of everything that I put into my body, but also how these things make me feel. This allows me to really listen to what my body needs. It craves real food, and there are plant based answers to any other craving that I may have. For me, it's also not just about my diet but also my spirit. Once learning about all cruel treatment of animals in the dairy and meat industry, consuming those products just seemed wrong. It felt like consuming all the horrific acts and the feelings of the animals as well. Russell Simmons does a great job of explaining this in his article Why I'm Vegan (http://ellen.warnerbros.com/2010/12/russell_simmons_why_im_vegan_1210.php). By choosing a vegan lifestyle, and not using products that contribute to this, I'm doing even more to keep suffering out of my body and spirit. I want to grow as a person and develop my full potential through positive means. Having a vegan diet and lifestyle is just another way to help me do this. It's never been easier to go vegan than it is now. Whether it's getting recipes, book recommendations, or suggestions on the best bronzers out there, the vegan community is very helpful and welcoming. As it becomes more popular (everyone from Russell Simmons to Ellen Degeneres talk openly about their vegan diets) there are more and more resources available. There has really never been an easier time to go vegan! Veganism is important for many reasons. Not only is it helping out our cute and cuddly animal friends, but it's also helping out your body and the environment as well. There are so many reasons to go vegan and it gets easier and easier all the time. There are so many resources out there - books, blogs, Twitter accounts, vegan starter kits, and more! Not only that, but there are so many animal friendly options available. You really do not miss out on anything by living a vegan lifestyle! All you are doing is helping to create a positive change. Not just in yourself, but also in the world.

Festive Party Make Up

Festive Party Make Up

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

Christmas and New Years Eve do’s are traditionally a time where we really go to town with glamming up. All out glamour is called for and we’ve got just the products to help you achieve a flawless look that will last the whole night. Preparation is key, so after you’ve applied your skincare, the next step is to add primers. These will get the best out of your products, ensuring a flawless application, but also, really help them to stay put. The NYX Cosmetics Studio Perfect Primer is perfect for brightening and makes an ideal base for your foundation, while the Lime Crime Candy Eyed Eye Shadow Helper will help your eye shadow stay put on even the oiliest of eyelids as well as intensifying the colours you apply. Once you’ve primed, apply your foundation and concealer if necessary, then apply a matte bronzer to your face in a figure of eight, starting at your forehead. Everyday Minerals do a range of bronzers, several of which are matte, whilst some add glow without added shimmer. Add a touch of highlighter to your cheekbones. Try the Sigma Loose Shimmer in either Gilded (for warm skin tones) or Ravishing (for cool skin tones). Next, fill in your eyebrows, an essential step in any routine, defined brows will frame your face. When it comes to eyes, anything goes for the party season, glitter is entirely acceptable and you’ll find a huge range of shades in the Violet Voss range. If glitter isn’t your thing, the classic smokey eye is perfect. Depending on your budget we’d recommend the brilliant NYX Smokey Eye Shadow Palette (£8) or the more luxurious Scandal at Midnight Palette by Daniel Sandler (£29). Be as subtle or as bold as you dare. Where you go from there is up to you. You can add glitter, or you could add cat eye flicks using a liquid liner such as the Eye of Horus Liquid Define Eyeliner, or you could add false lashes. You can of course opt for all of the above, or none of the above, but you’ll want to add lashings of mascara. The festive season is the perfect time to go for it with a red lipstick. Line the lips with a lip liner, and then fill in the whole area with the same liner. The apply your lipstick, blot with a tissue and reapply, this will really extend the wear time. Try Daniel Sandler’s Micro-Bubble Lipstick in Micro Red for an exceptionally moisturising feel, or opt for the cult classic Lime Crime Velvetine in Red Velvet for a rich matte look. Once you’ve finished your look and you’re happy with it, finish with a setting spray. The Skindinavia Make Up Finishing Spray prevents fading and meltdowns and promised to keep your make up looking fresh for up to 16 hours, all with a weightless ultra-fine mist. Pop your lipstick in your handbag, along with a pressed powder for any touch ups, and go forth and party!

Chemical Free Beauty

Chemical Free Beauty

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

Everyday products such as shampoo, deodorant and make up contain a high quantity of chemicals that can harm your body. Skin is the largest organ of the body. It easily absorbs substances that go straight into the blood stream. On average we use around 12 different products a day. This can mean you are putting hundreds of harmful chemicals into your body on a regular basis. It can be really difficult to know what chemicals are in a product because the ingredients labels always list scientific names that are hard to pronounce. Here are some chemicals to look out for when you are buying beauty products and how they can harm your body: Parabens (Ethylparaben, Methylparaben and Propylparaben) These are used to preserve the shelf-life of cosmetics and are one of the most widely used preservatives in the world. They are found in shampoo, fake tan, shaving gel, toothpaste and many more products. They have been linked to breast cancer, as well as fertility issues in men.  Fragrance (Phthalates) Soap, lotion, bubble bath, shampoo all contains phthalates, which are a chemicals used to give a product its scent. These chemicals are known to disrupt hormones, and are linked to PMS and skin irritations. Lead Lead is a toxic metal that can be found in products, such as whitening toothpastes and lipsticks. Worrying side effect can be seizures, reproductive problems such as reduced sperm count and motility, and kidney dysfunction. Formaldehyde Formaldehyde is a chemical that can be inhaled and absorbed through the skin. It is used in nail polishes, shampoos, baby shampoos, and liquid body soaps. Side effects can include skin irritation and nausea. If you find any of these ingredients in the products you use then they may have been harming your health without you knowing. When you are shopping for products you should be carefully reading the labels, especially any baby products as their skin is a lot more sensitive than an adults and they could have a stronger reaction. Products containing natural ingredients will not have any artificial flavours or colourings. They will have been grown and processed organically and will not have used any chemicals or synthetic preservatives such as Parabens. Many products claim to be natural and it’s easy to be fooled when you hear words like botanical, plant extracts and hypoallergenic. They may contain a small amount of these ingredients but they will be mixed together with other chemicals and additives. Always look out for the certified organic label when picking a product. Many products have on their labels what percentage of the ingredients are natural. Start replacing your non-natural products with organic, vegan and cruelty free ones where possible. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and Everyday Minerals are vegan and cruelty free. Check out our other vegan products which can be found here.  If you are throwing away products that you believe to be harmful then recycle the packaging. When you go shopping, read all the ingredients carefully. If you don’t understand what an ingredient is, research it or ask someone who may know. You should know exactly what a product contain before you buy it.  

Join the Glitterati with FaceFront Cosmetics

Join the Glitterati with FaceFront Cosmetics

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

The gorgeous glitzy FaceFront Artistic Glitters, £8.95 each, are ultra-small glitter particles, safe for use around the eye and on the lips. Glitter was all the rage at London, Milan, Paris and New York Fashion week this season so channel the likes of Moschino Cheap and Chic and Giles and get twinkling with FaceFront.   Get sparkly eyes by putting petroleum jelly over your lids, then using your fingertips, press on FaceFront glitter and the same applies to your lips- easy!   Glitter shades are available in Blizzberry (blue), Flash Mix (yellow) and Ice Pop (purple). Buy a pot of glitter: http://www.cocktailcosmetics.co.uk/prod/facefront-artistic-glitter

Spot Light On Everyday Minerals

Spot Light On Everyday Minerals

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Everyday Minerals was founded by Carina Menzies who had the belief that cosmetics should not only be versatile and vibrant but also affordable to all. As well as being relatively new to the cosmetics industry EDM are very inexpensive next to their competitors. Everyday Minerals are committed to being an organic, vegan and cruelty free cosmetics brand. They have showed their commitment to being 100% cruelty free by signing on with PETA. Their products are tested on human volunteers and they do not do business with or use suppliers that use animals for their product testing. Everyday Minerals are also approved by the BUAV who are a leading authority in animal testing. The company is bases in Austin Texas and they strive to conserve the local wildlife and plants in their area. Being an eco-friendly company means they build on their area of conservation frequently. They currently have 28 acres of land under their belt with an aim to have 1000 acres by 2015. They are a company who like to educate and get others involved in the environment. All of their products are crafted by hand for the personal touch and they source all their natural ingredients from local farms making it environmentally friendly and sustainable. It is a family run business and Carina creates all the new products. As they pride themselves on being innovative they have over 150 different colours on the spectrum. This means there is something for every skin tone and they are designed to be long lasting. Carina has been known to get her inspiration for new products from nature, art and fashion. This can easily be seen in the products and the packaging they come in. Being organic and vegan means that their cosmetics are chemical free, so they do not contain parabens, talc or any other chemicals that are harmful for the body and the environment. Their packaging is sustainable and designed to prevent waste. Each pot is made in a way that doesn’t release too much of the product and can be tightly sealed when not in use. They use bamboo and soft synthetic fibres for their makeup brushes which have proven very popular with consumers. All these things are what make them cost effective and a favourite brand for makeup lovers. Everyday minerals are suitable for all skin types and are gentle enough for the most sensitive skin. They have even created products based on what their customers have asked for and made have them easy to apply. Some of their most popular products include their bamboo makeup brushes, mineral foundations which come in a satin or matte finish and their array of eye shadows. They also make custom kits and sample kits if you are unsure of the correct shade or coverage you need. Carina has been noted as saying her favourite Everyday Minerals products are: 1. Little black dress eyeliner 2. Everyday bronzer 3. Mint colour corrector What are your favourite Everyday Minerals products?

Happy Winter Skin

Happy Winter Skin

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As we transition into the colder months our complexions can take a bit of a battering from the elements as well as other factors such as central heating. The fresh faced glow we had just weeks before is often replaced by dry patches, redness or dull skin. Using a great a skincare regime can combat these effects and is crucial for banishing dry patches and keeping skin balanced but cosmetics can really help you fake it until you make it, adding back some glow, some moisture and helping your skin look and feel happier. There are so many products that can help you restore your glow, it can be hard to know where to start, so here’s a guide to some of our products that will help bring back your radiance. A great place to start is with a good Primer. LA Girl Cosmetics Pro Prep HD Face Primer (£6.95) will help keep dryness at bay thanks to the addition of nourishing Vitamin E, creating a smooth appearance and creating a perfect base for your foundation. If you find yourself suffering with skin redness then a great way to counteract that is with colour corrector concealers. To counteract redness, look for a green colour corrector. If you use mineral products, Everyday Minerals Color Corrector in Mint (£5.95) is just the ticket. If you prefer a cream product, take a look at the Morphe Corrector Wheel (£9.95) which contains not just a green but also several other shades for all your correcting needs. Apply sparingly and blend carefully before applying your foundation. It’s not unusual for people to find they switch foundations in the colder months, to a heavier and more moisturising formula. Milani Conceal and Perfect 2 in 1 Foundation and Concealer (£9.95) has the concealer built in and will cover any redness with ease. Once you’ve got your base sorted, you can start adding a bit of glow back in, starting with a bronzer. Unlike the summer months, the aim isn’t to look tanned, just to add some warmth to the complexion. Ideally, a bronzer shade one or two shades darker than your skin is perfect. A great product to have is the Morphe That Glow Bronzer Palette (£18.95). This palette houses nine shades of bronzer to suit most skin tones as well as the changing seasons. Just add a touch to all the areas that catch the sun usually, but remember, you’re adding warmth, not aiming to add tan. Highlighters can really restore some glow to the skin, try a touch of the LA Velvet Contour Stick (£5.00) in either Cashmere or Luminous or Gerard Cosmetics Star Powder in Grace (£19.95) on cheekbones for a touch of glow. Alternatively, opt for a finishing powder designed to illuminated rather than mattify. The Everday Minerals All Over Shimmer Powders (£11.95) are ideal. They are designed to create a soft focus complexion and vary in shade as well as the amount of shimmer. The shade Polished, promises subtle shimmer qualities, ideal for daywear, where glitter and high shimmer can be a little too much.

Celebrate Christmas with Mii

by Daniella Solazzo @ Mii

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Modern Minerals Makeup

Modern Minerals Makeup


Modern Minerals

Modern Minerals Makeup is vegan + cruelty-free mineral makeup. Shop online now. Free shipping for orders over $50.

Melt Proof Makeup

by Daniella Solazzo @ Mii

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Look Sensational This Summer

by NADINE ANDERSON @ Barefaced Beauty

Blue skies, warm sunshine and lazy, hazy days are on the way, so be ready for those summer Barbeques and Garden Parties by updating your make up collection now with some of this season’s shades to add some summer warmth … Continue reading

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Liquid Lipsticks

Liquid Lipsticks

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If you’re a cosmetics lover you cannot have failed to have noticed the biggest beauty trend to have happened over the last couple of years, liquid lipsticks. Matte lipstick has been rising in popularity for quite some time now, but liquid matte lipsticks, usually in a tube and applied with a doe foot applicator, are big business with many brands, niche, high street or otherwise are offering up their own versions. So popular is this trend that retailers are struggling to keep up with demand with colours disappearing off shelves (virtual or otherwise) as quickly as they are stocked, and here at Cocktail Cosmetics, things are no different. Fortunately, we offer several brands so there’s always something available! Starting with Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipsticks £13.00. These go on opaque in one swipe, dry totally matte and come in a small range of shades. Six vibrant shades are currently available, Redrum, a cool toned red, Prom Night, brightest pink and I’m Royalty, a royal purple, and new shades Weirdo, a black, Anna Nicole, orangey red and I’m Nude, a pale nude shade. They fly off the shelves so you have to be quick off the mark, these are very popular! Next we have Aromi beauty Matte Liquid Lipsticks £13. These are new and come in a large range of shades, we have 18 from neutral earth tones, through pinks and berries to deep plums and reds, there’s a shade for everyone. Aromi Beauty’s offerings apply glossy and dry to matte within approximately a minute of application. Another new product at Cocktail Cosmetics is the L.A. Girl Matte Pigment Gloss (£6.50). 16 vibrant shades that offer intense colour and long wear in a velvety finish. These are affordable but with fashion forward shades such as Blackcurrant and Rebel, as well as classic pinks such as Iconic and true Reds such as Obess you’ll want them all! Finally, and not to be confused with L.A Girl, we have two offerings from LA Splash Cosmetics. Starting with the Smitten LipTint Mousse £9.95. Waterproof, smudgeproof and comfortable these are the liquid lipsticks for the more daring among us. There are twelve shades available, including a nude, a red, a deep blackened red as well as a hot pink, there are also more unusual shades available. Bellatrix is a dark true purple, while Sirius is Blue and Nagini is green, the colours are rich and unusual. Also available from LA Splash are the Lip Coutures. These are a very similar product with the same price (£9.95) these are also waterproof with a velvety matte finish. The colour range is slightly larger, with sixteen available shades with more nude and natural offerings, as well as the deep reds, purples and even a blue. It looks as though matte liquid lipsticks are here to stay with more brands releasing their own versions all the time, but whichever brand and shade you opt for, make sure your lips are flake free and moisturised for the most comfortable experience.

Mineral Makeup from Forever Living Products

Mineral Makeup from Forever Living Products


Forever Living Products UK

Flawless by Sonya Mineral Makeup. These four classic shades are all available in their innovative, rich, velvety aloe-inspired formulas.

Welcome to our new website

by Ellana Byers @ BE COYOTE Mineral Makeup

Welcome to our new website. I think we can all agree that my website developing skills were lacking and as this hobby of mine quickly blossomed into a business it was definitely time to get some professional help. Life has been crazy busy! I love it. Exhibiting at Salon Melbourne last month was a fantastic […]

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Best Organic Skincare, Hello Natural World!

by Amanda @ Odara Mineral Beauty

In search of the best organic skincare…. So I’ve just come back from an amazing 2-day weekend showcasing my best organic skincare and mineral makeup products at The Natural Exhibition held this year in Glasgow’s SECC.  Despite the interruption of torrential rain and thunder, political rallies and train cancellations it turned out to be a fantastic event and […]

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Power in the Prep

by Daniella Solazzo @ Mii

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Rules to Break

Rules to Break

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

Whilst there are beauty rules out there that are useful to stick to and we covered these in another blog post, there are beauty rules we highly recommend breaking. Some of them have been passed down from our grandmothers and some of them have been disproved with science and some of them are a question of what’s currently in fashion but regardless of their origin here’s a run-down of some of the common Beauty Rules we think its okay to break! Rule One Use Lip Liner to line your lips. No no no! Shape the outline of your lips with your lip liner and then fill in all of your lips using the same pencil. This will act as a perfect base for your lipstick, helping it to stay put all day, and what’s more, as your lipstick inevitably fades throughout the day, you won’t just be left with a ring of pencil around your lips. Try out OCC’s new pencils along with the matching Lip Tar to get the perfect pout. Rule Two Wash your hair every day. Unless your hair is naturally very greasy and washing can strip away the natural oils which keep your hair shiny and healthy looking. Shampoo can be very drying. Rule Three Don’t let your roots show. Actually, these days not having roots showing is not cool. With ombre hair showing no signs of disappearing dark roots are all the rage! Roots can give depth to your colour too. Rule Four Redheads can’t wear red lipstick. Try telling that one to Christina Hendricks! Hair colour is irrelevant, choose your red lip according to your skin tone, not your hair. Rule Five You can’t wear dramatic eye make up with a dramatic lip. Old school advice would have us believe that you should choose to either focus on the eyes or the lips but we think this can make the rest of the face look a little unfinished. Grab your darkest liner, such as the Eye of Horus Smokey Eye Pencil and team it with your brightest red or pink lipstick such as OCC’s Lip Tar in Harlott or Anime. Rule Six Don’t tweeze above your eyebrows. Of course, when tweezing, the vast majority of the hairs that are unwanted will be below your brow, but we all have some stragglers at the top, feel free to pull them out, and if you’re really sure of your tweezing skills then tweezing from above can help to create a precise shape. Always use high quality precision tweezers and Crown Brush Precision Tweezers are just the ticket. Rule Seven Always match your manicure to your pedicure. This is so outdated! I would imagine this was a beauty rule our grandmother’s followed religiously but with so many amazing colours out there why not mix it up a bit. Matching can be very smart but there’s no reason at all we shouldn’t wear whatever we fancy on our finger nails and toes.

Spring 2013 Make Up Trends

Spring 2013 Make Up Trends

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

With spring just around the corner it’s time to pack away the winter blues and step into spring with this year’s latest makeup trends. You can bring the runway to your everyday quite easily. This year’s New York fashion week debuted looks that are quite unusual for spring. Bright colours and colour blocking are the main trends to come out of the week. Designers have shied away from the usual all over colour and pastel shades. Here are the top 10 trends that stood out on the runway for 2013. 1.       Long lashes have made a comeback. It’s all about length. Get the look by using false eyelashes or great lash lengthening mascara. It’s not just about black either.  Coloured mascara that was in fashion in the 90’s has made a comeback. 2.       Frame your eyes. Forget the polished eyeliner look. Smudging is the trend this year so there is no need to worry about getting a perfect line.  Coloured eye liner is also a must for spring and was used by Gucci. Don’t worry if your mascara clumps together, this is the kind of grungy look you want to achieve. 3.       Forget skinny eyebrows. Thick and bold are the way forward. Marc Jacobs used this look so grab your eyebrow pencil and start filling them in.  But don’t let them grow wild. Keep them shaped but thick. 4.       Matte foundation was a standout look this year. Shiny/dewy skin is out this spring. Keep your look as natural as possible. Keep your blusher or bronzer to a minimum. 5.       60’s red seductive lips complimented the matte look this year. But be sure to keep your eye colour simple when using a bold lip colour. 6.       80’s style neon eye shadows where the main focus this year. Blue and pink seemed to be the favourite and were used by Donna Karan and many other designers. Make your eyes pop and make a statement. 7.       Nude/matte lips are in. Show off their natural colour with a little clear gloss over the top just like Giles and Rochas did or leave them completely bare. 8.       Jewelled eyes really stood out when paired with the neon eye shadows.  Jewelled eyes would look great for a night on the town. They were a favourite of designers such as Gucci and Versace. 9.       Metallic eye shadows made an appearance. The main colours the designers used this season were silver, bronze and copper shades. 10.   Think pink. This colour has made a big comeback for the lips and eyes and was used by most of the fashion designers this year.   Top tips Keep colour to one area of your face. If you choose neon eye shadows then keep your lips nude. The same concept applies for the red lip look. Keep your eyes subtle so it doesn’t take away from the vibrant scarlet look. For a great day/work look then why not try a matte foundation with subtle pink eye shadow, long eyelashes, smudged eyeliner and matte lips. Keep your makeup cruelty free and organic. You can get the look you want without harming animals or the environment. You can also keep your body chemical free by using only natural ingredients. 

World Vegan Month

World Vegan Month

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

Vegan needn’t mean worthy, dull make-up – here at Cocktail Cosmetics we stock a host of products from bases to lips, eyes, nails and more in gorgeous colour-popping shades. 100 per cent Vegan friendly brands on the site include Sprout Skincare, Everyday Minerals, Alexami. Barefaced Beauty, Blum Naturals, Neve Cosmetics, Lime Crime, Konjak, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Lily Lolo, Facefront, Priti NYC, Sugarpill, Emani Minerals, 100% Pure, Butter LONDON, Illuminare, Skindinavia, Eshiko, Madra, Laqa and Co., ecoTools, Purlisse and Ginvera.  So make-up like stunning Vegan stars Anne Hathaway, Lea Michele and Alicia Silverstone without compromising on fashion or performance. These brands from all around the world prove that you don’t need to include animal products to produce fabulous, quality make-up and we hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy sourcing it!

Teach Yourself: How to Apply Mineral Makeup

by Diane Dale @ NCInc.

In this post we will be teaching you how to apply your mineral makeup correctly. If you are used to traditional liquid foundations, using minerals for the first time will take you a little longer but if you follow our tips, with practice you will be an expert in no time at all. The Tools ...

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Spot Light  - Gerard Cosmetics

Spot Light - Gerard Cosmetics

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

If you’re passionate about beauty products you have probably heard about Gerard Cosmetics. Based in the USA the brand are perhaps most known for their lip products, which are well worth the hype, but there is considerably more to the brand. The brand is huge on Instagram, and with 1.2 million followers they have to be doing something right. It seems the beauty world is mad about Gerard Cosmetics. CEO and founder Jen Gerard founded a popular teeth-whitening brand, White Lightening, in 2010 and soon began to release cosmetics under the same brand name. As the cosmetics line gained popularity and started to expand Gerard Cosmetics was born. We stock a large range of products from the brand and if you’re wondering where to start then you can’t go wrong with the lipsticks. Priced at £9.95 and housed in glamorous gold bullets the lipsticks are available in huge range of shades and finishes. Perhaps the most famous is the shade 1995. Created with Jaclyn Hill, 1995 is inspired by the grunge era and is a matte finish. Also worth a look are the Lighted Lip Glosses. These are £995 and again come in a large range of shades, from sedate to daring and everything in between. The glosses are packed with pigment and can be worn sheerly or opaque depending on how heavily you apply them. If daring lip colours is your thing, be sure to check out Bahama, a stand out blue. If you’re looking for a pretty nude shade, take a look at Crystal, a beautiful nude with a touch of sparkle. The Supreme Lip Cremes are a liquid lipstick in a mousse formula, designed for full opacity with a light, nourishing feel. These are £11.00 each and come in three shades. Angel Cake is a pale nude pink, Blooming Hibiscus is a bright coral shade and Wild Berry Tart is a beautiful berry hue. Finally in the lip products are the Hydra Matte Liquid Lipsticks. The Hydra Matte Lipsticks are £13 each and designed to offer opaque, matte colour while adding moisture. There are 15 shades in the range with blood red Immortal and the coffee toned Iced Mocha being particular stand out shades Brow Bar to Go (£19.95) was one the first products to launch from Gerard Cosmetics. Available in two colour ways, Blonde to Brunette and Medium to Ebony, these palettes offer three powders that can be used on both your brows and your eyelids. The Star Powders are £19.95 and ensure there’s a highlighter available for every skin tone. Dorothy is an intense bronze designed for deeper skin tones, while Grace is a pearlescent white gold. We have six shades to choose from. Also available is the BB Plus Illumination Crème (£22.95). This multi tasker can be used in a variety of ways. BB Creams are famous for their anti-aging and hydrating properties and this product, with the addition of illumination particles means you can wear it alone, use it as a highlighter, mix it with your foundation or even use it as an illuminating primer. Finally, we recently added the Eternal Black Eye Liner to our Gerard Cosmetics line up. An ultra black liquid liner that retails at £9.95.

Beauty Rules

Beauty Rules

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

Whether you’re a rebel or strictly abide by life’s rules, there are some beauty rules that everyone should follow to keep them looking groomed and healthy. None of them are expensive or take a lot of time, these are rules everyone ought to incorporate into their daily routines. Rule One Wash your make up brushes. Brushes are on your skin every time you use them and as such can harbour bacteria, get into the habit of spot cleaning after every use with the Cozzette Aromatherapy Brush Cleaner and deep clean them once a month. Spot cleaning your brushes is quick and easy, spray your cleanser on a clean tissue and wipe your brush over it. Your monthly deep clean will be much easier and quicker if there’s no build up of product. By taking his simple step, you might find those pesky blemishes disappear if you’re not brushing the bacteria back onto your skin with every use! Rule Two Thoroughly cleanse your skin morning and night. In the morning you need remove all the sweat and dead skin that accumulated overnight and at the end of the day you need to remove all traces of the day such as city grime or make up. Konjac sponges are perfect for cleansing and can be used with your favourite cleanser, but work perfectly well without the addition of a cleanser. There are various types for varying skin types but if you’re not sure which to choose, go for the Pure Original. Rule Three Exfoliate regularly. Slough away those dead skin cells and help to renew your skin, leaving behind a fresh new skin. Rule Four Moisturise morning and night. Pick a moisturiser that’s designed for your specific skin type, so if you’re oily, choose and oil free formula, if you’re starting to see signs of ageing, pick an anti-ageing formula and so on. All skin types need moisturising, even the oily skinned and acne prone amongst us. Dehydrated skins can produce oil if the skin isn’t kept well hydrated and this can lead to spots. Rule Five Drink water. We all know we’re supposed to do it, but so many of us don’t. Current guidelines recommend 1.6 litres a day for women and 2 litres for men. All drinks count towards those two litres but water is absolutely the best choice for you and your skin. Rule Six Look after your cuticles. Keep a cuticle cream or oil on your bedside table and get into the habit of using it every night to keep your hands and nails in tip top condition.

Barefaced Beauty’s flawless beach party look

by NADINE ANDERSON @ Barefaced Beauty

Summer is here so be ready to join the beach party looking fabulous with our natural mineral makeup. Francesca is wearing: Mineral Foundation – Promise, Mineral Bronzer – Sunkissed Angel, Mineral Blusher – Aphrodite, Mineral Eye Shadow – Tiger Eye, Black … Continue reading

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Music Festival Must Haves

Music Festival Must Haves

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

Glastonbury may have come and gone for this year but festival season is really just beginning. This Summer we’ve yet to have Latitude, T in the Park, Reading, V, Leeds, Creamfields and Bestival and that’s not including many of the smaller more localised festivals that take place the whole country over. Whichever festival you’re heading to, whatever the weather, you probably still want to look nice and feel clean but facilities can be limited so here’s our guide to the things you should take to help you feel and look a little fresher, even when showers aren’t readily available. Dry Shampoo – definitely take a dry shampoo with you to keep your hair clean that bit longer between washes. There are many on the market these days, grab a mini can or travel size that won’t take up too much room in your luggage. Deodorant – no one wants to be stinky! Hand Sanitising Gel – no explanation necessary. If you use the “facilities” you’ll find this is essential! Sunscreen – sunburn isn’t good. Don’t forget your sunscreen. We know it’ll probably rain, but don’t get caught without! Keep your make up simple and where possible aim to take multi use products! Foundation – take something portable such as a compact or the Alexami Perfect Puff Minerals which has an inbuilt applicator and if you can cope without your foundation, just take your concealer which will come in handy for blemishes and any dark shadows under the eyes that may appear. Lip Balm – take a lip balm. Try one with SPF, like the eos Lemon Drop Lip Balm with SPF 15, this will protect your lips from the sun and help keep them hydrated. Lip Stain - long wearing, it’s nice and light for a festival in terms of finish and if possible find one that doubles up as a cheek stain, if you’re going to festivals, multi-purpose products are your friends. Bronzer – if you’re a little worse for wear after the night before, a dusting of bronzer will lift your complexion quickly, giving you a healthy glow and helping to hide the deathly pallor! Eye Liner – A perfect festival look, choose a bright colour or keep it simple, whichever you choose, make sure it's bright! Try the Lime Crime Uniliner - bold and bright!. Waterproof Mascara - don’t worry about smudging or the rain, just take waterproof mascara then you know you’ll be fine whatever happens. Wipes – At the end of a long day and night partying, cleanse with a Facial Wipe. Easy to manage if you’ve over indulged, and far less of a faff if it’s really late and all you want to do is sleep. Try any of the Blum Naturals Towlettes. Whatever you do and don’t choose to take to a festival, under no circumstances forget your loo roll and most importantly, have fun!

Caring for make up brushes

Caring for make up brushes

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

Brushes are an important part of our daily beauty routines and many of us use them day in, day out for all aspects of our cosmetic application, from concealer to brows. Quality brushes are essential (and not necessarily expensive) but when you buy brushes, whether you’ve spent £1 or £100, it’s important to care for them correctly so that they’ll last as long as possible and to remove bacteria. Of course, the more money you’ve spent on them, the more important it is that you care for them to protect your investment. There are two commonly used brush cleaning methods, spot cleaning and deep cleaning. Spot cleaning is the quick fix and to spot clean you’ll need a sanitizing spray, such as the Cozzette Aromatherapy Brush Cleaner.  Simply spritz a tissue or similar with the spray and then gently swipe both sides of your brush over the damp area, then dry off gently in the same way on a dry part of the tissue. Your brushes should be dry and ready to use in approximately five minutes. Even if you spot clean your brushes regularly, you will still need to deep clean from time to time and for deep cleaning you have several options in terms of products. Mild shampoo is frequently recommended and is a good cheap option. The Cozzette Aromatherapy Brush Cleaner can also be used for deep cleaning or there are brush cleaning soaps such as the Enkore Make Up Pro Brush Soap. Once you’ve decided on your cleaning product you’re ready to get started. For deep cleaning, evenings are ideal as you can expect them to take at least eight hours to dry fully. Start by running your brushes bristles under warm, but not hot, water. Hot water can loosen glue or damage handles. Take care not to soak your brush or get water on the ferrule of the brush. The ferrule is the metal part of the brush that holds the bristles to the handle and getting water inside it will damage your brush causing it to shed or moult. If cleaning with shampoo then apply a small amount to your brush and gently massage in. Use the palm of your hand to gently but thoroughly swipe the brush back and forth in the lather. If using a cleanser in a bar format then dampen your brush and swipe it back and forth over the surface of the soap. Then rinse and keep rinsing until the water runs clear. You have now deep cleaned your brushes. The way you dry your brushes is as important as the way you wash them. Squeeze out any excess water and gently use your fingers to reshape your brushes and leave them to dry flat on a towel. They need to be flat so water can’t run back down into the ferrule. Generally speaking, if you are spot cleaning your brushes regularly, you shold deep clean monthly. You’ll need to deep clean more often if you are not spot cleaning. Consider investing in Brush Guards, these not only protect your brushes whilst in your make up bag or whilst travelling, but they’ll also help your brushes retain their shape while drying,

Sonya Flawless Mascara

by Simon Hilton @ Forever Living Products UK

Flawless by Sonya Mascara Collection     Lush, lavish, dramatic, full lashes. Our aloe-inspired flawless by Sonya Volumizing Mascara creates volume and curl for glamorous, dramatic lashes coating each lash with a velvety finish, to leave them looking beautiful, healthy and flawless.         Take your lashes to great lengths with our aloe-enriched […]

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Forever Living Aloe Veterinary Formula

by Simon Hilton @ Forever Living Products UK

Aloe Veterinary Formula from Forever Living Products This easy-to-apply spray is ideal for soothing irritations, cleansing areas before applying dressings or to achieve a glossy and conditioned coat after bathing. The gentle Aloe Veterinary Formula can be diluted to cleanse irritated eyes or to clean dirty ears. It can also be used as a soothing […]

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‘Summer Must Haves’ – Elle UK, August 2017 Edition

by Amanda @ Odara Mineral Beauty

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We have launched our new site

We have launched our new site

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

We’re delighted to launch our clean-cut, stylish new site! Cocktail Cosmetics is the one stop shop for organic, natural and vegan make-up and skin care, featuring a huge range of gorgeous PETA approved brands. You’ll find all your favourites on the new site including Everyday Minerals (favourite of Hollywood’s Anna Faris, star of The Dictator), Skindinavia, Sprout (as loved by Gwyneth Paltrow), Bdellium Tools, the Bambu series, Real Techniques, Lime Crime, Ecotools, Cozzette, Sugarpill, FaceFront and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, plus we’re adding fabulous new brands all the time. Our range of quality beauty products with a conscience allow make-up fanatics to indulge themselves guilt-free in the best the industry has to offer.   Cocktail Cosmetics, which was founded five years ago, is the official stockist of professional make up artist and niche market brands like Adesign brushes, Fevour, Everyday Minerals and Pur-Lisse skincare. All orders are packed and shipped within 24 hours (Mon-Fri).

Detox Skin – Happy New Year, Happy New You!

by Amanda @ Odara Mineral Beauty

Odara Mineral Beauty’s quickest ever guide to detox skin… So…another year has ended and a new one already begun.  HELLOOOOOO 2017!!!  I’ve been expecting you!  Just WHERE has time gone!  The chaos of Christmas seems so far away now as I realise we are half way through January already.  In the past, the first few […]

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Pinch Punch First of the Month

Pinch Punch First of the Month

by @ Cocktail Cosmetics Blog

Happy New Year from the team at Cocktail Cosmetics! To celebrate 2013 we have decided to hold a free monthly prize give away.     For January's competition we will be giving away one of the new pink Bdellium Kabuki brushes. Entry is open to anyone over 18.       To enter all you have to do is email us with your contact details and follow us on Facebook and Twitter The winners name will be published here at the beginning of February. Good Luck! 1.1.13 - WINNER is Sian Ryan - well done!  

Be Coyote turns 4!

by becoyote @ BE COYOTE Mineral Makeup

Wow, it’s hard to believe it has been four years already. During this time I have been lucky enough to get to know many of you, whether it be through social media or email, and can honestly say it has been one of the many highlights of my job. Thank you all for being amazing […]

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